Here’s something that isn’t as cool as the title makes it seem, but still possesses a high Wow Quotient:
Almerina Mascarello, who lost her left hand nearly 25 years ago, said: “It’s almost like it’s back again.”
The BBC reports that an international team that includes engineers, neuroscientists, surgeons, electronics and robotics specialists developed the bionic hand in 2014 — but the sensory and computer equipment it was linked to was too large to leave the laboratory.
However, the technology is now small enough to fit inside a backpack, making it portable.
The prosthetic hand has sensors that detect information about whether an object is soft or hard. Those messages are linked to the backpack computer that converts them into a language the brain can comprehend.
The information then gets relayed to Mascarello’s brain via tiny electrodes implanted in nerves of her upper arm.
One can see the day coming when the technology will be small enough to fit inside the hand itself. And perceive more than “hard” vs “soft.”
But it’s pretty amazing already.