Amputee Feels in Real-Time with Bionic Hand

April 7, 2014

Dennis Aabo Sørensen lost his hand in a fireworks accident almost a decade ago. In February, he was able to feel again thanks to a revolutionary artificial hand created by an international team. Italian neuro-engineer Prof. Silvestro Micera told the BBC that this is “the first time an amputee has had real-time touch sensation from a prosthetic device.” The device is connected to nerves in Aabo’s upper arm, though the real technological advance in the project is the electronics and software that relay the information to his brain.

Sørensen is the first amputee in the world to feel sensory rich information – in real-time – with a prosthetic hand wired to nerves in his upper arm. Sørensen could grasp objects intuitively and identify what he was touching while blindfolded.

Sørensen participated in the clinical study for one month in early 2013. The results are published in Science Translational Medicine.

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