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The Quest for a Bionic Hand

  • Silvestro Micera
Conference paper
Part of the Biosystems & Biorobotics book series (BIOSYSROB, volume 15)

Abstract

Replacing a missing upper limb with a functional one is an ancient need and desire. The need for a versatile prosthetic limb with intuitive motor control and realistic sensory feedback is huge and its development is absolutely necessary for the near future. In this paper, our recent results about the possibility to stimulate afferent nerves by using intraneural implants are briefly summarized. We showed that using this approach it is possible to restore the bidirectional connection between a dexterous hand prosthesis and the nervous system. The user was also able to improve his ability to provide useful motor commands over time. This finding can open up interesting opportunities for sensory restoration in prosthetic hands.

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Acknowledgments

The author wishes to thank DAS (the subject involved in the studies cited in the manuscript) and all the scientists who have been involved with him in this activities and in particular P.M. Rossini, T. Stieglitz, S. Raspopovic, F. Petrini, M. Capogrosso, C.M. Oddo, A. Mazzoni, F. Artoni and many others.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Translational NeuralengineeringEcole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL)LausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Translational Neural Engineering AreaThe BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’AnnaPisaItaly

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