First Bionic Hand feels Touch

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The world’s first bionic hand which feels a real human touch have been created. A Danish man who lost his left hand in an accident nearly a decade ago has become the first to receive a bionic hand that feels in real time.

This neuro-prosthetics hand was wired to the nerves in his upper arm. It has helped the man grasp objects intuitively and identify what he was touching while being blind folded. This is the first sensory-enhanced artificial limb, created by Silvestro Micera and his team at EPFL (Switzerland) and SSSA (Italy).

The electrodes of this neuro-prosthetics were removed from arm after one month due to safety restrictions imposed on clinical trials, although the scientists are optimistic that they could remain implanted and functional without damage to the nervous system for many years.