The Future Is Here: Man Gets Prosthetic Hand That Can Feel
By: Erin Ruberry
Dennis Aabo Sørensen received the bionic hand in an experimental procedure in Rome. Electrodes were inserted into Sørensen's arm and connected to sensors in the hand; the "sense of touch was achieved by sending the electrical current through the electrodes attached to the nerves in Sørensen's arms," USA Today explained.
The result: a real-time sense of touch.
"Even when he was blindfolded and wearing ear plugs, Sorensen could tell the difference between a Mandarin orange and a baseball, between a short bottle and a tall bottle and even between a hard wooden block and a piece of soft fabric."
"I could feel things that I hadn’t been able to feel in over nine years," Sørensen told The Independent.
The successful prosthesis is a step in the right direction for those who have lost limbs, although it could be years until this procedure becomes more common.
Read the full article announcing the results in Science Translational Medicine.
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