12 Feb Luke Skywalker’s bionic hand
At Georgia Tech, science fiction has moved closer toward reality. Gil Weinberg, Minoru Shinohara, and Mason Bretan have developed an ultrasonic sensor that allows amputees to individually move the fingers of their prosthetic hands. They’ve been able to make detailed maps of small muscle movements in the forearm. This has enabled intuitive, finger-level control of a robotic hand.
Jason Barnes, the amputee working with the researchers, was able to play piano for the first time since losing part of his arm in 2012.
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