Robotic arm that could give amputees the sensation of touch being tested in Melbourne

A robotic arm that could result in amputees regaining their sense of touch and increased movement is the latest breakthrough for Melbourne researchers trying to develop prosthetic limbs that work “like normal”.

Key points:

  • Scientists want to send signals from robotic arm to brain to give the sensation of touch
  • Researchers hope technology can allow “feel control”
  • Project close to simulating a “normal” arm

The joint-project between St Vincent’s Hospital’s Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery and Melbourne University is looking at the way the arm and brain signals communicate.

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