New Prosthetic Hand Has Sense of Touch

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Dennis Aabo Sorensen tried out a new bionic hand outfitted with the ability to detect and communicate sensations. The prosthetic is the first of its kind and gives the wearer a sense of the size of what they’re holding and whether it’s hard or soft.

For the first time in 9 years, a man from Denmark was able to feel the things he touched.

Dennis Aabo Sorensen tried out a new bionic hand outfitted with the ability to detect and communicate sensations.

The prosthetic is the first of its kind and gives the wearer a sense of the size of what they’re holding and whether it’s hard or soft.

Sorensen, who lost his lower arm 9 years ago in a firework accident, was the lucky person who got to assist developers in the early testing stages.

Prepping him for the full use of the piece took quite some time, as doctors had to implant electrodes in his upper arm that would alert his nerves to the sensations.

The surgery took about 8 hours and several additional months were needed to train him how to properly use the prosthetic.

As it’s still in the developmental stages, Sorensen wasn’t allowed to keep it, but gave the early model great praise.

He said, “You can feel round things and hard things and soft things. The feedback was totally new to me, and suddenly when I was doing the movements I could feel actually what I was doing, instead of looking at what I was doing."

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