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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Image of the Day: Second Hand
Image of the Day: Second Hand
Chia-Yi Hou | Jul 10, 2019
A 3-D printed prosthetic hand moves by reading the signals in forearm muscles.
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.
Vibrations Restore Sense of Movement in Prosthetics
Vibrations Restore Sense of Movement in Prosthetics
Diana Kwon | Sep 1, 2018
Scientists recreate proprioception for people with artificial arms using a perceptual illusion.
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.
Prosthetic Retinas Help Blind Mice See
Prosthetic Retinas Help Blind Mice See
Ashley Yeager | Mar 6, 2018
Artificial photoreceptors made of nanowires help restore blind animals’ sensitivity to light.
A Prosthetic Advantage?
A Prosthetic Advantage?
Diana Kwon | Sep 1, 2017
Scientists are analyzing how factors such as the length and stiffness of artificial limbs affect performance in athletes with amputations.
Man Meets Machine
Man Meets Machine
The Scientist Staff | Aug 31, 2017
Alena Grabowski, a University of Colorado Boulder researcher, discusses her motivations for studying the interface between biology and mechanics in prosthetic devices.
Gaining Proprioception with Prosthetics
Gaining Proprioception with Prosthetics
Bob Grant | May 31, 2017
New surgical techniques may help amputees feel more enmeshed with their artificial limbs.
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.
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.
Lending an Ear
Lending an Ear
Kerry Grens | Sep 1, 2015
Until recently, auditory brainstem implants have been restricted to patients with tumors on their auditory nerves.
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.
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.
Prosthetics Pioneer Dies
Prosthetics Pioneer Dies
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Jun 3, 2014
Melvin Glimcher, inventor of the prosthetic “Boston Arm,” which moves in response to electrical signals from the wearer, has passed away at age 88.
FDA Approves Prosthetic Arm
FDA Approves Prosthetic Arm
Jef Akst | May 14, 2014
The agency OKs the first prosthetic arm controlled by neural signals from the user’s muscles.
Cochlear Implant Gene Therapy
Cochlear Implant Gene Therapy
Ed Yong | Apr 23, 2014
The surgically implanted device can be tweaked to provide short electric bursts that send a nerve-growing gene into local cells, a study on guinea pigs shows.