Scientists Create a Way for People With Amputations to Feel Their Prosthetic Hands

Prosthetic hands have gotten increasingly sophisticated. Many can recreate the complex shape and detail of joints and fingers, while powered prostheses allow for independent, willful movement. But a new study published Wednesday in Science Translational Medicine offers a potential glimpse into the future of the technology: Artificial hands that actually feel like a living limb as they move. Read More >>

These Hackers Built a Prosthetic Nerf Blaster That Can Be Fired by Flexing Arm Muscles

After realising they had an unfair advantage during Nerf battles over a competitor who was missing a hand, the tinkerers at Hackerloop decided to level the battlefield by building Nicholas Huchet a custom Nerf blaster prosthetic that can be automatically fired whenever he contracts his forearm muscles. Read More >>

This 3,000-Year-Old Prosthetic Wooden Toe is More Incredible Than We Thought

An ongoing reexamination of an ancient Egyptian wooden toe is shedding new light on how the remarkable wooden prosthetic was manufactured, and whether it was used for cosmetic or functional purposes. Read More >>

Air-Powered Robotic Sleeve Wraps Around Your Heart to Keep It Pumping

Researchers from Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital have developed an innovative robotic sleeve that fits around the heart like a glove, maintaining a steady beat while the patient recovers. Read More >>

Brain Implant Allows Paralysed Man to Feel Objects With a Prosthetic Limb

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC have developed a system that’s enabling a man with quadriplegia to experience the sensation of touch through a robotic arm that he controls with his brain. Read More >>

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This 3D Printed Wristband Can Turn Prosthetic Hands Into Mice

Prosthetics have come a long way over the past few years, but we're still a long way off from the Deus Ex-style future where they're just like the real thing. Thankfully the power of 3D-printing is letting them take another few steps forward. Read More >>

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Cancer Survivor Receives Jaw Thanks to New 3D Printing Technique

Doctors found a cancerous lump on Shirley Anderson's tongue in the 1998 and shortly after, he began radiation treatments. He underwent a radium implant to help him replace some of his lower jaw, but it didn’t work. So he turned to prosthetics. Read More >>

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BBC Three’s Bodyhack Documentary Follows an Amputee With the Bonkers Bionic Arm From Metal Gear Solid V

Meet James Young, a 25-year-old gamer who lost an arm and a leg in a DLR accident three years ago. In a scarcely believable twist of fate, gaming giant Konami last year was on the lookout for an amputee it could turn into Snake, the bionic-armed, bad-as-fuck lead character from Metal Gear Solid V. Read More >>

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Take an Uncanny Tour of the World’s Largest Prosthetics Fair

The world’s largest orthopaedics event is happening right now in Leipzig, Germany. From prosthetic legs that enable people to run faster to exoskeletons that can make the disabled walk again, OT World 2016 is showcasing some of the most futuristic inventions you’ve ever seen. They’re also creepy as hell. Read More >>

This Bionic Finger Restores Amputees’ Sense of Touch

A prototype bionic fingertip that allows the wearer to feel texture has been demonstrated by researchers, giving hope to the victims of amputation that robots may one day be of some actual use and not just the willing sexual playthings of the super-rich. Read More >>

Brain Implant Will Let Amputees Move Individual Fingers on Prosthetics With Thoughts Alone

For the first time ever, researchers have successfully demonstrated a system that enables a person to move the individual fingers of a prosthetic hand using just their thoughts. Read More >>

Scientists Have Created an Exoskeleton that Kicks its Wearer in the Knee

There are all kinds of exoskeletons out there. Some save you energy. Some help you do heavy work. Some lightly kick you in the knee. The question is, why does that last one exist? A Swiss research team thinks it can help them build better prosthetics. Read More >>

Artificial Skin With Tactile Sense is Within Touching Distance

Cutting-edge prosthesis are amazing, but they lack one very important feature: a sense of touch. Now a research team from Stanford University has developed artificial skin that can sense force exerted by objects—and then transmit those sensory signals to brain cells. Read More >>