There are nearly two million people in the United States who are living with a loss of a limb. The causes vary … from vascular disease to cancer and trauma. And it’s estimated half of all amputees with powered prosthesis don’t use them. They don’t like how they feel or that they cannot feel. Now the first amputees are experiencing the sense of touch.
“My granddaughters, they grab ahold of my hand. If I’m not watching close enough, I squeeze a little tight. And they’re like ‘ow, let go!’ Because without sensation you can’t tell,” shared amputee, Keith Vonderhuevel.
Igor Spetic and Keith Vonderhuevel both lost their right hands in work accidents, both struggled with prosthetics… Continue reading.
In the first known study of how amputees use advanced sensory-enabled prostheses outside the lab, subjects used a mechanical hand more regularly and for longer periods of time compared to traditional prostheses—and also reported a greater sense of psychosocial well-being.
In fact, the study asserts that sensory feedback—achieved by direct interfaces attached to the nerves —fundamentally changed how the study participants used their mechanical attachment, “transforming it from a sporadically used tool into a readily and frequently used ‘hand.’”
The study, published in June in the journal Scientific Reports, was led by a pair of researchers from Case Western Reserve University, who collaborated with scientists from Brown University and partners at U.S. Veterans Affairs sites in Cleveland and Providence, Rhode Island… Continue reading.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the pending induction of Dustin J. Tyler, Ph.D., Kent H. Smith Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, to its College of Fellows. Dr. Tyler was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows For outstanding contributions to neural engineering, neural interfacing, and clinical applications of advanced neurotechnology..