ELEC­TRONIC SKIN BRINGS TOUCH FEED­BACK TO PROS­THE­SES

Focus-Science and Technology - - INNOVATIONS -

Re­searchers at Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity have cre­ated an elec­tronic ‘skin’ that gen­er­ates a sense of touch through a pros­thetic’s fin­ger­tips. The ‘e-der­mis’ is made of fab­ric and rub­ber, and con­veys touch and pain in­for­ma­tion by elec­tri­cally stim­u­lat­ing pe­riph­eral nerves in the user’s arm. The re­searchers are con­tin­u­ing to de­velop the tech­nol­ogy to pro­vide more mean­ing­ful sen­sory feed­back, al­low­ing users to re­gain more func­tion.

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