Italian researchers to experiment with bionic hand

Researchers say prosthetic device controlled by thoughts

Italian researchers to experiment with bionic hand

Rome, February 18 - Researchers say they have created the first bionic hand with a sense of touch and intend to transplant it onto a Roman man later this year. The patient in this pioneering experiment is in his 20s and living in Rome, says Italian researcher Silvestro Micera of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland. He announced the plans during a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Boston. The patient, who lost his hand in an accident, will see the new bionic hand wired into his nervous system, which should allow him to control the new hand with his thoughts, according to Micera. The man will also be able to receive touch signals from the bionic hand's sensors, he added. "We could be on the cusp of providing new and more effective clinical solutions to amputees in the next year," said Micera.

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