New material offers lots of perks to soft robots

Soft robots and prosthetics could benefit from a new material that's conductive, lightweight, and heat-tolerant. Learn more in the video.

National University of Singapore | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology materials-science metals prostheses robots

Your brain can rewire itself after traumatic injury

"...when someone loses a hand, we found both 'hand areas' of the brain—left and right—become dedicated to the remaining healthy hand."

Eric Stann-Missouri | Nov. 5, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine brains prostheses touch traumatic-injury

Man controls 2 prosthetic arms with his thoughts

"For everything we envision people needing or wanting to do to become independent... they really need two hands working together."

Chanapa Tantibanchachai-Johns Hopkins | Oct. 21, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

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Prosthesis lets amputees feel knees and feet

A bionic prosthesis that includes sensors that connect to residual nerves in the thigh allows amputees to feel their prosthetic foot and knee in real time.

Fabio Bergamin-ETH Zurich | Sept. 10, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

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‘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 | Sept. 4, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

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

Electronic skin could give prosthetics a better sense of touch

A new electronic skin may one day give robots and prosthetic devices a sense of touch that rivals the real thing.

National University of Singapore | Aug. 1, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology nerves prostheses robots skin touch

Noninvasive system lets people ‘mind control’ robot arm

A new brain-computer interface ditches the invasive parts for better control over robotic arms with thoughts alone.

Carnegie Mellon-HCII | June 23, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

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190 stumbles could lead to better prosthetic legs

To find out more about how people respond to stumbling, and to eventually create better prosthetics, scientists had to trip people 190 times.

Heidi Hall-Vanderbilt | June 20, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine balance legs prostheses walking

Prosthetic ‘tripod foot’ offers stability on rough terrain

A tripod foot could make walking on hiking trails and other rough terrain more manageable for people who use a prosthetic.

Nathan Collins-Stanford | June 3, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

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