LifeHand thought-controlled

venerdì, dicembre 4th, 2009

EU scientists develop  prosthesis

from Engadget by Joseph L. Flatley

We’ve seen plenty of developments in neurology and robotics over the years, including the Smart Hand prosthesis and targeted muscle reinnervation,
and now researchers at the Bio-Medical Campus University of Rome have
announced LifeHand. Connected via electrodes to an amputee named
Pierpaolo Petruzziello, the device is able to perform complex movements
and is controlled by thought alone. "It’s a matter of mind, of
concentration," said Petruzziello. "When you think of it as your hand
and forearm, it all becomes easier." The five year project, funded to
the tune of about $3 million by the European Union, is just the
beginning — they still have to figure out how to make the implants
permanent. Get a closer look below.



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