A study from MIT has said that prosthetics will now give humans a realistic feel.
A human hand has 17000 touch sensors that help us pick up things and connect us to the physical world. But prosthetics till date had no sensors so that the person wearing it could feel what he/she is touching and how the movements are taking place.
Zhenan Bao believes by wrapping prosthetics with sensors, remaining waste veins, muscle tissues, it can make the prosthetics get a realistic feel. The pressure touches, the heat senses, etc;
But reinventing the electronic materials won’t be enough: data from these artificial skins has to be delivered to the nervous system in a format that the body can understand. Bao’s group is now working on circuit designs that will send signals to the nervous system, so that electronic skins will one day not only help amputees regain dexterity but also let them feel the touch of their loved ones.