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January 28, 2011 / Martijn

Rewiring the Human Arm

Although modern prosthetic devices are more lifelike and easier for amputees to control than ever before, they still lack a sense of touch. Patients depend on visual feedback to operate their prostheses – they know that they’ve touched an object when they see their prosthetic hand hitting it. Without sensation, patients cannot accurately judge the force of their grip or perceive temperature and texture.

via http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=rewiring-the-human-arm

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