Bionic hands mimic human control with added sensation of touch

October 8, 2014 8:26 PM

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MINNEAPOLIS — New advances in prosthetic devices are allowing people with artificial hands to tell when they're holding something without even looking, and pluck a stem from a cherry without bursting it, two studies have shown.

Different groups in the United States and Europe Wednesday reported key breakthroughs in connecting healthy nerves to a prosthesis, giving patients whose hands or arms have been amputated better control of the devices and, for the first time, returning at least some of the sensation of touch.

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