Woman gets first bionic hand with sense of touch

Jan 04, 2018, 6:16 AM EST
(Source: Simon Fraser University/flickr)
(Source: Simon Fraser University/flickr)

Years of robotics research by teams in Italy, Switzerland and Germany finally bore its fruits as a woman, who lost her arm 20 years ago, received the world’s first portable bionic hand with sense of touch.

The prosthetic limb, still a prototype, relies on a computer that processes the information wired from artificial fingers and translates it into signals interpretable by the brain, which eventually sends the impulses to the body, notes Futurism.

The breakthrough pushes us a step closer to a “fully controlled, fully natural, sensorized prosthesis,” although the team has still some way to go in miniaturizing the equipment to make it commercially applicable, writes the BBC.