'Bionic hand' can now sense shape, texture
WASHINGTON (AFP) - An amputee with a bionic hand has for the first time been able to feel the texture and shape of objects in his grasp, European researchers said Wednesday.
The success of the month-long trial in Italy has energized researchers in the hunt to solve one of the most difficult challenges in prosthetics.
Until now, moveable prosthetic hands have returned no sensation to the wearer and have been difficult to control, meaning the user could crush an object while trying to grasp it.
"For the first time we were able to restore real time sensory feeling in an amputee while he was controlling this sensorized hand," said lead author Silvestro Micera.