Later this year, an amputee in Rome will be fitted with the first prosthetic hand to offer the sensation of touch. Doctors hope that by connecting the hand’s wiring directly to the patient’s median and ulnar nerves in the arm, he will be able to move the device by thinking as well as receiving sensory signals from the fingertips, the palm and the wrist. “It will be the first prosthetic that will provide real-time sensory feedback for grasping,” said Dr. Silvestro Micera of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland.

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