Dr Kianoush Nazapour, senior lecturer of biomedical engineering, discusses his work on a new generation of prosthetic limbs which will allow the wearer to reach for objects automatically, without thinking – just like a real hand – are to be trialled for the first time.
Led by biomedical engineers at Newcastle University and funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the bionic hand is fitted with a camera which instantaneously takes a picture of the object in front of it, assesses its shape and size and triggers a series of movements in the hand.
Dr Nazapour said:
“Responsiveness has been one of the main barriers to artificial limbs. For many amputees, the reference point is their healthy arm or leg so prosthetics seem slow and cumbersome in comparison.
Now, for the first time in a century, we have developed an ‘intuitive’ hand that can react without thinking.”
published on: 4 May 2017