An amazing new technology could have a life-changing effect on amputees around the world by allowing them to actually feel through bionic limbs. Though it may sound like something out of a science fiction, this very real discovery represents a first in the field of prosthetics.
The first person to be granted access to this ground-breaking development is Dennis Aabo Sørensen, a 36-year-old from Denmark who had volunteered for clinical trials. Mr Sørensen’s left hand was amputated over nine years ago following a fireworks accident, however after having electrodes embedded in his arm, he was able to grasp and feel several objects. Though Sørensen is the first person to ever use this advanced prosthesis, a successful trial could mean improvements to prosthetic limbs around the world.
The incredible study was carried out by researchers from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland and the Bio Robotics Institute in Italy. Whilst Sørensen was blindfolded, the research team presented him with a number of objects which he was correctly able to identify the feel of, determining whether they were hard or soft, as well as what shape they were.
While the trial is still ongoing and in early stages, these findings represent exciting possibilities for prosthetic limb users around the world.
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