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October 20, 2009

First Artificial Hand that Can Feel


BBC News reports, a team of scientists from Italy and Sweden has developed what is believed to be the first artificial hand that has feeling. (H/T Sander Olson)

Video is after the jump.

Metro UK has more information

The Smarthand uses a complex system of four motors and 40 sensors that enables patients to perform hand functions with a more realistic human 'touch', the nerves in their arm both controlling the hand and getting feeback about what it is touching.


Europa research funded the development of the Smrthand

The Smarthand website





It has been attached to the arm of a 22-year-old man who lost his own hand through cancer.

Researchers say it works by connecting human nerve endings with tiny electronic sensors.

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