See how three amputees regained function with robotic hands

Network World | Feb 26, 2015

Three Austrian men had their paralyzed hands amputated and replaced with nerve-controlled robotic prostheses. They can now do things like pour water and pick up a ball, according to a new study.

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This is the paralyzed hand of an Austrian man trying to move a ball.
This is after that hand was amputated and replaced with a nerve-controlled robotic one.
He’s one of three patients who are the first to undergo the “bionic reconstruction” surgical technique. After the procedure, the three men regained use of their hand and were able to do things like pour water from a container. Something they weren’t able to do before.
The robotic hands are actived by nerve impulse or app signals. While this technology has been under development for years, this study is the first to combine the surgical method with the technology.
The three patients were fitted with the Michaelangelo prosthetic hand with sensors that can respond to electrical impulses in muscles. They underwent cognitive training and practiced with the robot hands for an average of nine months before surgery.
The surgeries and rehabilitation were carried at at the Medical University of Vienna.
The authors of the study said the procedure could be done at any center with the same surgical and technical resources.
In San Francisco, Melissa Aparicio, IDG News Service.