LifeHand 2 Bionic Hand Provides Users With RealTime Sensory Information

The LifeHand 2 is the follow up to the original bionic prosthetic hand, LifeHand that was developed in 2009. The LifeHand2 was tested in January 2013 over the course of 3 weeks with a patient who had lost his hand nearly a decade earlier. The tests, which were run by a team of surgeons and neurologists, showed the extent to which the LifeHand 2 provided sensory input to the amputee. In one test, the patient was blindfolded and wore headphones while touching objects using the LifeHand 2, and was able to identify the textures and shapes of small objects. The patient reported how realistic the sensations were, and while the trials lasted only one month due to guidelines, the patient was happy to help in the development of the LifeHand 2 and hopes it will ultimately help all amputees. The LifeHand 2 is still in trials, and it may be several years before it is on the market, though the developers are optimistic about the advances it can bring.

(Source: IFLScience )

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