Patients Try Most Intuitive Hand Prosthetics Yet in Pilot Trial
Patients Try Most Intuitive Hand Prosthetics Yet in Pilot Trial
Researchers and clinicians make small muscle grafts into the arms of amputees to amplify the signals from their peripheral nerves, which then direct the movement of a robotic hand.
Patients Try Most Intuitive Hand Prosthetics Yet in Pilot Trial
Patients Try Most Intuitive Hand Prosthetics Yet in Pilot Trial

Researchers and clinicians make small muscle grafts into the arms of amputees to amplify the signals from their peripheral nerves, which then direct the movement of a robotic hand.

Researchers and clinicians make small muscle grafts into the arms of amputees to amplify the signals from their peripheral nerves, which then direct the movement of a robotic hand.

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AI Decodes Speech and Hearing Based on Brain Activity
AI Decodes Speech and Hearing Based on Brain Activity
Shawna Williams | Jul 30, 2019
The proof-of-concept study could be a step toward better assisted communication devices for paralyzed people.
Zapping the Olfactory Bulb Produces Phantom Smells
Zapping the Olfactory Bulb Produces Phantom Smells
Shawna Williams | Nov 27, 2018
Researchers envision a cochlear implant–like device for the nose to give people with impaired olfaction a sense of smell.
Modern Prosthesis
Modern Prosthesis
The Scientist Staff | Sep 26, 2018
See amputee Amanda Kitts manipulate objects using nervous impulses to control an early prototype of her advanced artificial limb.
Artificial Nerve Senses Pressure, Moves Cockroach Leg
Artificial Nerve Senses Pressure, Moves Cockroach Leg
Shawna Williams | May 31, 2018
The device could one day help enable prosthetics deliver richer touch information to users.
Paralyzed Man Moves Arm with Neuroprosthetic
Paralyzed Man Moves Arm with Neuroprosthetic
Jef Akst | Mar 30, 2017
Two chips implanted in a quadriplegic patient’s motor cortex and 36 electrodes in his right arm allow the man to control the movement of his right arm and hand.
Artificial Ion Pump Mimics Neuronal Speed, Precision
Artificial Ion Pump Mimics Neuronal Speed, Precision
Ben Andrew Henry | Nov 2, 2016
Researchers create an artificial nerve that could be the forerunner of neural prosthetics.
Artificial Touch Enabled
Artificial Touch Enabled
Jef Akst | Oct 13, 2016
A quadriplegic 28-year-old man senses touch via stimulation of electrodes implanted in his somatosensory cortex.
Opinion: Acquiring Extra Senses
Opinion: Acquiring Extra Senses
Bernd Fritzsch | Sep 1, 2016
Animals’ diverse sensory abilities will guide a technology-based revolution that gives humans perception beyond our natural senses.
Artificial Skin Communicates with Neurons
Artificial Skin Communicates with Neurons
Jef Akst | Oct 19, 2015
A new flexible sensor can detect touch and generate electrical pulses that signal intensity of pressure to mouse neurons in vitro.
Bionic Eye Success
Bionic Eye Success
Jef Akst | Jul 23, 2015
An 80-year-old man with age-related vision loss receives a retinal implant that allows him to see basic shapes.
Three Monkey Brains, One Robotic Arm
Three Monkey Brains, One Robotic Arm
Jef Akst | Jul 10, 2015
Researchers network the brains of three monkeys to create a “living computer” that can steer an image of a robotic arm toward a target.
Retinal Film Detects Light
Retinal Film Detects Light
Jef Akst | Nov 13, 2014
A new light-sensitive nanotube-based film could pave the way to more flexible and durable retinal implants.
Cerebral Sleuths
Cerebral Sleuths
Mary Beth Aberlin | Nov 1, 2014
For neuroscientists, experimental results converge to help crack the case of how the brain functions.
Contributors
Contributors
Molly Sharlach | Nov 1, 2014
Meet some of the people featured in the November 2014 issue of The Scientist.
Neuroprosthetics
Neuroprosthetics
Eric C. Leuthardt, Jarod L. Roland, Wilson Z. Ray | Nov 1, 2014
Linking the human nervous system to computers is providing unprecedented control of artificial limbs and restoring lost sensory function.
Smarter Prostheses
Smarter Prostheses
Kerry Grens | Oct 10, 2014
Artificial limbs and their wearers achieve more sensitive communication thanks to engineering advances.
The Bionic Eye
The Bionic Eye
Various Researchers | Oct 1, 2014
Using the latest technologies, researchers are constructing novel prosthetic devices to restore vision in the blind.
Robo Retina
Robo Retina
Daniel Palanker | Sep 30, 2014
Learn about the photovoltaic retinal prosthesis from one of its developers, Daniel Palanker of Stanford University.
Let There Be Sight
Let There Be Sight
Various Researchers | Sep 30, 2014
Hear from Diane Ashworth, one of the world’s first recipients of a bionic eye implant.