Tiny zaps could steady human hands for robotic surgery

The method could help give surgeons more feedback about how close they are to soft tissue during robot-assisted surgery, researchers say.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
April 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: robots surgery physicians health-and-medicine hands

Fingertip injuries may be a clue to child abuse

"We found that children who had been coded at some point with physical abuse were more likely to have also been brought in for treatment of a fingertip injury."

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Feb. 13, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: childrens-health abuse health-and-medicine hands

Longer thumbs lead to more smartphone touch errors

When it comes to making errors on your smartphone touchscreen, it's all in the thumbs. But it's length, not thickness, that matters.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen • futurity
Feb. 12, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: mobile-devices science-and-technology hands

‘AuraRing’ could let you control games with a flick

The AuraRing system can track hand movements and the user's finger, which could allow finer control over games, smartphones, VR, and more.

Sarah McQuate-Washington • futurity
Feb. 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: virtual-reality sensors gaming science-and-technology wearable-devices hands

Long-fingered aye-ayes have secret ‘thumbs’

Extremely rare lemurs called aye-ayes have long, spidery fingers for spearing grubs. Scientists have just discovered that they have "pseudothumbs," as well.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
Oct. 21, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: primates featured science-and-technology hands lemurs

Typing speed on mobile is catching up to keyboards

A test of mobile typing speed reveals that the gap between mobile and desktop has narrowed. You can try the texting speed assessment for yourself.

ETH Zurich • futurity
Oct. 7, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: computers mobile-devices science-and-technology speed hands texting

Robotic gripper is gentle enough to handle eggs

A robotic gripper's gentle grasp could make it a safer coworker on an assembly line, say researchers.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
Sept. 12, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: robots touch featured science-and-technology hands

‘E-glove’ gives prosthetic hands human touch and warmth

A new e-glove can help people with prosthetic hands feel pressure and temperature, while also giving prostheses the softness and warmth of real skin.

Chris Adam-Purdue • futurity
Sept. 4, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: sensors senses featured health-and-medicine prostheses hands amputation

Weak handgrip may warn of cognitive impairment

"...this is another instance where you're seeing that staying physically active affects your overall health and your cognitive health."

Laura Bailey-Michigan • futurity
Aug. 23, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: dementia cognition aging featured health-and-medicine strength medical-tests hands

Nerve transfer restores some hand motion after spine injury

Nerve transfer surgery shows promise in restoring some hand movement for people with tetraplegia after a spinal cord injury.

U. Melbourne • futurity
July 9, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: surgery featured health-and-medicine injuries nerves hands spinal-cords

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