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First woman to get bionic arm can now feel with prosthetic fingers

Deccan Chronicle    

6 April, 2018 17:47 PM



First woman to get bionic arm can now feel with prosthetic fingers

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New technology has helped a number of people suffering from rare conditions and life-threatening diseases. 3D-printing and prosthetic limbs are also changing lives of those struggling through life with disabilities as they don’t have to hold back.

37-year-old Claudia Mitchell is a former US marine who became the first woman to get a bionic arm after losing it in a motorcycle accident. Now she is able to feel with the fingers on it thanks to a groundbreaking technology developed after a decade of research.

She can get sensations just as she did with her real hand through a robotic touch system. This way she can feel objects and know how hard she has to hold it for a firm grip.

The harness of the arm has electrical amplifiers connected to the nerves in her chest. The arm moves as chest muscles twitch and signal it to move whenever Claudia thinks of it.


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