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A Prosthetic Hand That Restores the Sense of Touch

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posted on Feb, 6 2014 @ 06:35 AM
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European scientists unveil a prosthetic arm that allows amputees to feel an object's texture, shape and consistency.




Full article at Popular Mechanics


Scientists have been hacking into the nervous system for decades, determined to hot-wire the brain to build more intuitive prostheses. They've come so far they can build robotic limbs that users control with their minds. The next frontier is feedback: Prostheses that send signals to the body and brain. In a study just published in Science Translational Medicine, researchers say that they have developed a prosthetic hand that can feel texture, respond to pressure, and restore an amputee's lost sense of touch.


I remember when Elysium first came out i read a few articles claiming we are decades away from achieving the exoskeleton technology due to the complexity of making the connections between the machine and the nervous system, less than a year latter here are the first examples of such connections



“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. ” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt




posted on Feb, 6 2014 @ 06:38 AM
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posted on Feb, 6 2014 @ 07:10 AM
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posted on Feb, 6 2014 @ 07:14 AM
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My graduate degree is in developmental neurobiology. It is astounding the giants leaps made in development since I was a humble student. In the early 90's there was speculation about one day, interfacing technology with remaining nerve fibers in order to bring about sensation. It's good to see the development continued.

SnF



posted on Feb, 6 2014 @ 08:38 AM
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S+F!

This is wonderful and exciting news.
Not only will such advancements as these assist the disabled toward normalization of functionality and quality of life, but, such things could, with growth and maturity of the technology express degrees of advancement in tele-operation of robotic units.

drone pilots could well feel the wind on their wings.
robotic explorers sent to other planets and in space exploration could give us a more tactile hands-on feel to a planet or anything of interest.

The secondary and tertiary spinoffs to this could well be quite interesting just as this primary application.





posted on Feb, 6 2014 @ 11:44 AM
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“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. ” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

That's a one-track mind sort of statement.

Why not say this instead:
“One of the limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.”

I know it's not as elegant and complete, but I think ti's more accurate.

Anyway, nice post. Look here (please forgive the long list, there's so much!):

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posted on Feb, 6 2014 @ 02:47 PM
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Hello mr jenson! are you here at the limb clinic for a upgrade?

Ahh. Deus ex human revolution jumps to mind when i see this development.Of course the Illuminati and the powers that be will want to regulate this so pure humans will always be in control. They fear a humanity thatcan dictate its own path.



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