For the first time, we were able to restore
real-time sensory feeling in an amputee while he was controlling this sensorized hand. It was quite amazing because suddenly I could feel something that I haven’t been feeling for nine years. My kids, they thought it was cool. They even called me the cable-guy. We performed a 4 week clinical trial, implanting electrodes into the peripheral nerves. The hand has several sensors attached to each tendon of each finger we can use these sensors to understand the level of force the patient was performing while grasping an object. We used this force information to deliver very precise stimulation to the different sensory nerves in order to restore this real-time sensory feeling into the nervous system. You can feel round things, hard things and soft things, and the feedback was totally new to me and suddenly when I was doing some movements, I could feel actually what I was doing, instead of looking at what I was doing I would love to have the new prosthesis because it’s so amazing to feel something that you haven’t been able to feel for so many years.