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Prosthetic hand gives amputee a sense of touch

Prosthetic hand gives amputee a sense of touch

Researchers around the world are working to create more lifelike prosthetic hands and other limbs for amputees. Prosthetic hands have been around for years in multiple forms, typically nothing more than a plastic hand or hook that gives the user rudimentary functionality if any at all.

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Nokia C7 sits in world’s first prosthetic smartphone arm

Nokia C7 sits in world’s first prosthetic smartphone arm

Mister Trevor Prideaux, a British man born without an arm on the left side of his body, now has what we're pretty sure is the world's first prosthetic limb with a built-in smartphone dock. Not only that, but he's using the cool Nokia C7, a device that not only Chris Davies reviewed here on SlashGear, your humble narrator Chris Burns wrote a review for the USA side of things as well. Now one of these magical little devices sits in the hardened arm of a Brit - hows that for taking your "handicap" and making it work in your favor. Plain old human arm not looking so good to you now, is it?

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Bionic Leg the Next Step in Prosthetics

Bionic Leg the Next Step in Prosthetics

There have been great advances in the use of prosthetic limbs, making them lighter, more comfortable, and easier to move. Scientists at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's Center for Bionic Medicine are working on a project to create a robotic prosthesis that would be controlled by the person's own nervous system, and powered so that it can move on its own.

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Prosthetic Arm Features Flexible Tentacle Design

Prosthetic Arm Features Flexible Tentacle Design

Most prosthetic limb replacements focus on returning regular movements to those who need them. Prosthetic legs move in a natural way, or as best as they can, while prosthetic arms usually have a regular five-fingered hand at the end, helping those who have lost a limb use their artificial ligament in a more natural fashion. But, when a student is asked to "push the boundaries" of upper-limb prosthetic design, you shouldn't expect to find a design you'd find in the box.

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SMU researchers working on fiber optic link to brain for controlling robotic prosthetics and more

SMU researchers working on fiber optic link to brain for controlling robotic prosthetics and more

There are untold numbers of people around the world who have lost the use of their limbs from accident or illness that have new hope of being able to use the limb again thanks to some cool research at SMU. A researcher named Marc Christensen has developed a new fiber optic nerve system that may one day allow for a functional link between the brain and an advanced prosthetic limb.

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Rocket Powered Prosthetic Arm Does Not Mean You Can Fly

Rocket Powered Prosthetic Arm Does Not Mean You Can Fly

A team at Vanderbilt University has been hard at work and has come up with a prosthetic arm whose characteristics are far closer to that of an actual human arm than anything else so far. The weight is pretty close to the same and its capacity for lifting and other tasks is pretty on par too.

I guess the biggest problem with battery powered arms was that in order for the arm to be able to lift anything it required a huge battery causing for a significant increase in weight making the bionic arm feel even more alien. This rocket-fuelled/steam-powered arm solves that problem by creating enough power on the fly to lift stuff and still managing to keep it all in a compact package.

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Robohand: 3D-printed open source hand replacements

Robohand: 3D-printed open source hand replacements

Supposing you’ve had several fingers chopped off in the recent past and you understand how to operate a scissors, Robohand may well have a solution for you. The company began with a fellow by the name of Richard van As, a fellow who lost his fingers in a carpentry accident in 2011. Searching for the past several years for a solution to his problem, as a good carpenter never gives up, he discovered a future partner with whom he’d eventually found Robohand.

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Google Ara could be a real-life Tricorder

Google Ara could be a real-life Tricorder

Google's Project Ara modular smartphone could well end up a real-life Tricorder of sorts, with medical uses for the customizable handset now on the agenda for the first Ara developers conference. Exactly which modules Google will offer for Ara - magnetically snapping into place on an underlying backplane - has not been detailed, though a new speaker addition to the inaugural developer event from MIT suggests it could be more than just extra batteries and different cameras.

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