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Scientists create ‘electronic skin’ to restore sense of pain

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor August 8, 2018 13:23

Scientists create ‘electronic skin’ to restore sense of pain

A prosthetic hand might look like a hand and move like a hand. But could it ever feel like a hand? Johns Hopkins University graduate student Luke Osborn says yes – he has developed an “electronic skin” that can help amputees to feel pressure and even pain again. Made from fabric and rubber embedded with conductive receptors, the “skin” wraps around a prosthetic hand, sending electrical impulses created by pressure to existing nerves at the end of an amputated limb nerves that lead to the brain. Osborn says the degree of pressure impulses sent to the brain depends on the object an amputee picks up so a blunt object can be held onto and moved around while a pointed object goes deeper into the “electronic skin”, eliciting a feeling of pain, as well as a reflex reaction to drop the object.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor August 8, 2018 13:23