AI lets robotic prosthetics ‘see’ uncertain terrain

AI will help people using robotic prosthetics or exoskeletons walk securely on terrains, such as tile, brick, concrete, grass, and "upstairs" and "downstairs."

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
May 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: walking cameras algorithms artifical-intelligence science-and-technology balance prostheses

‘Noisy’ neurons put a limit on visual perception

New findings may solve a mystery about how brains manage to process information so accurately, even though neurons act with a degree of randomness.

Stanford • futurity
April 9, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: neurons brains science-and-technology perception prostheses

Device may take brain-machine interfaces to the next level

A tiny, new brain-machine interface device lets scientists make movies of neuron activity. It could help make better prostheses.

Stanford • futurity
March 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: brains health-and-medicine prostheses

Prosthetic offers real-time mind control of robotic hand

A new prosthetic allows amputees real-time, intuitive, finger-level control of a robotic hand. "It's like you have a hand again," one user says.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
March 4, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: featured science-and-technology prostheses amputation robotic-devices

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 • futurity
Dec. 3, 2019 ~5 min

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

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 • futurity
Nov. 5, 2019 ~4 min

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

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 • futurity
Oct. 21, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: medical-devices paralysis featured science-and-technology health-and-medicine implants prostheses spinal-cord-injuries

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 • futurity
Sept. 10, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: pain walking featured health-and-medicine feet balance prostheses

‘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

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 • futurity
Aug. 1, 2019 ~5 min

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

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