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Tech & Science Bionic hand with sense of touch can be worn outside the lab

18:53  05 january  2018
18:53  05 january  2018 Source:   cnet.com

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For the first time, this bionic hand that has a sense of touch can be worn outside the lab . Previously, the computer that helped to operate the bionic hand was too large to leave the lab , but now that technology is small enough to be portable.

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a man wearing glasses: Advancements in neuroprosthetic technology now allow for a bionic hand that can © Provided by CNET Advancements in neuroprosthetic technology now allow for a bionic hand that can "feel" to be used outside the lab.

Bionic limbs have evolved dramatically over the years to include mind-controlled arms and artificial hands that "feel" via something called M.A.S.S. Impact (Muscle Activity Sensor Strip), which uses an armband filled with pressure sensors to track movements in a user's remaining muscles.

For the first time, this bionic hand that has a sense of touch can be worn outside the lab. Previously, the computer that helped to operate the bionic hand was too large to leave the lab, but now that technology is small enough to be portable.

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The world’s first feeling bionic hand was produced by the same team in 2014, but the limitation of that bionic hand Amputee is not able to go outside with the bionic hand as the sensory and computer equipment are linked together and covers a large area, so Amputee is not able to leave the laboratory .

Advancements in neuroprosthetic technology now allow for a bionic hand that can “feel” to be used outside the lab . While the technology is impressive, and the sensory bionic hand can finally be worn outside , the scientists responsible for the invention — which includes engineers

Rome-based Almerina Mascarello is the recipient of the latest in neuroprosthetics. Her new prosthetic hand uses sensors that detect whether an object is soft or hard.

The data from the hand is sent to a portable computer that converts these signals into a language the brain will understand, according to a BBC report Wednesday. That information is then transmitted to the human brain via tiny electrodes implanted in nerves in the upper arm.

Engineers, neuroscientists, surgeons and robotics experts from Italy, Switzerland and Germany are behind the hand.  While the technology is impressive, and the sensory bionic hand can finally be worn outside, the scientists responsible for the invention are hoping to miniaturize the sensors even more to give the hand additional feeling sensations.

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Scientists unveil the first bionic hand with a sense of touch , that can be worn outside the lab . But the sensory and computer equipment it was linked to was too large to leave the laboratory .

ROME — An Italian woman has become the first woman to try out the first bionic hand with a sense of touch that can be worn outside a laboratory .

"Once you can control a robotic prosthesis with your brain you can think about creating one that allows more complex movements than a hand with five fingers," Professor Paolo Rossini, a neurologist at University Hospital Agostino Gemelli in Rome, told the BBC.

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