Prosthesis

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Building a connected device for prosthetic limbs

Building a connected device for prosthetic limbs
At the AT&T Foundry, our success is dependent upon our ability to move. Our limbs serve as a bridge between our customers’ ideas and deployable products. Our hands construct, modify and refine the prototypes we create. Our arms and legs test these devices in real-world scenarios. Take them away, and it would be much harder for us to do what we do best – innovate. But that’s the reality those living with limb loss or limb difference face each day.
13th September 2018

Scientists test world's fastest blade runner

Scientists test world's fastest blade runner
One of the world’s fastest men visited CU Boulder, blazing around the corners of the track and clocking nearly 30 miles per hour on a treadmill in the Applied Biomechanics lab. The scientific question at hand: Does a double-amputee running on prosthetic blades have a disadvantage over sprinters with legs? The answer could ultimately determine whether he will be allowed to compete at the 2020 Olympics.
28th August 2018

Feeling as if a prosthetic limb belonged to one's body

Feeling as if a prosthetic limb belonged to one's body
Amputees still feel their missing limb, even if it is physically gone, and this ghost limb aka phantom limb is perceived as much smaller that the lost limb. Next, the commercially available prosthetic limb does not yet provide sensory feedback other than what the patient sees, meaning that the patient has no sense of touch from the prosthetic limb and must constantly watch it for correct use.
14th August 2018


‘E-dermis’ brings sense of touch and pain to prosthetic hands

‘E-dermis’ brings sense of touch and pain to prosthetic hands
Amputees often experience the sensation of a 'phantom limb'—a feeling that a missing body part is still there. That sensory illusion is closer to becoming a reality thanks to a team of engineers at the Johns Hopkins University that has created an electronic skin. When layered on top of prosthetic hands, this e-dermis brings back a real sense of touch through the fingertips.
26th June 2018

Artificial sensory nerve made of flexible organic electronics

Artificial sensory nerve made of flexible organic electronics
Stanford and Seoul National University researchers have developed an artificial sensory nerve system that can activate the twitch reflex in a cockroach and identify letters in the Braille alphabet. The work, reported in Science, is a step toward creating artificial skin for prosthetic limbs, to restore sensation to amputees and, perhaps, one day give robots some type of reflex capability.
5th June 2018

Surgical technique improves control of prosthetic limb

Surgical technique improves control of prosthetic limb
Humans can accurately sense the position, speed, and torque of their limbs, even with their eyes shut. This sense, known as proprioception, allows humans to precisely control their body movements. Despite significant improvements to prosthetic devices in recent years, researchers have been unable to provide this essential sensation to people with artificial limbs, limiting their ability to accurately control their movements.
4th June 2018

Computer models improve function of prosthetic devices

Computer models improve function of prosthetic devices
Researchers have developed technology for decoding neuromuscular signals to control powered, prosthetic wrists and hands. The work relies on computer models that closely mimic the behavior of the natural structures in the forearm, wrist and hand. The technology could also be used to develop new computer interface devices for applications such as gaming and computer-aided design (CAD).
24th May 2018

Prosthetic hand offers latest capabilities at lower price

Prosthetic hand offers latest capabilities at lower price
Engineers from the Italian Institute of Technology and Italy’s National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work (INAIL) have unveiled a prosthetic hand that they claim “gives the patient approximately 90% functionality of a natural hand.” The Hannes was designed to lower the price of advanced powered prostheses, while having a long battery life, a strong grip, and manipulation of individual fingers.
16th May 2018

Successful implementation of prosthetic memory in humans

Successful implementation of prosthetic memory in humans
Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the University of Southern California (USC) have demonstrated the successful implementation of a prosthetic system that uses a person’s own memory patterns to facilitate the brain’s ability to encode and recall memory. In the pilot study, published in the Journal of Neural Engineering, participants’ short-term memory performance showed a 35 to 37% improvement over baseline measurements.
11th April 2018

Kinesthetic feedback improves control of prosthetic devices

Kinesthetic feedback improves control of prosthetic devices
Researchers at Cleveland Clinic have introduced a system that recreates so-called kinesthetic perception and significantly improves the dexterity of individuals using hand prostheses. Their technology involves vibrators that stimulate the muscles that are used to control the movement of prostheses. As the fingers of the device are opened and closed, vibrations are induced, the nature of which reveals to the user where their hand is.
21st March 2018


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