This Prosthetic Robotic Limb Can 'Feel' Movement & Touch: But How?

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Amputees in the future might have way better prosthetic limbs that can 'feel' movement and touch with this breakthrough.
Prosthetic limbs have come a really long way from being peg legs, hooks, and whatnot. The most advanced ones right now are often imbued with advanced robotics, which offer far more function and a better way of adjusting to daily life for amputees.

Despite the technological advancements, however, most of these prosthetic limbs lack one crucial thing: they don't feel right.

See, the thing about real limbs is that you can feel them move and they have the sensation of touch.

But with this one bionic arm, though, that might be a thing of the past.

Prosthetic Arm That Can 'Feel': Who Built It, How It Works

A team of researchers from the Laboratory for Bionic Integration at Cleveland Clinic built the prosthetic arm and hand, reported CNET.

According to Paul Marasco, the lead author on the study for the bionic arm, they built the prosthetic as a hybrid of realistic skin tones and metal.

The primary movement function of the prosthetic is achieved by translating information coming to and from the brain using tiny robots. These bots are around half the size of a matchbox, but they're powerful enough to turn thoughts into action.

Now, about the "feeling" part. Aside from allowing amputees' brains to make the bionic arm move, its design also…
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