Bio-Technology Gets The Finger
For the past few decades, the fields of science and technology, have been on a rapid collision course with biology; clearing the way for a new type of movement called Transhumanism. While things like true “Artifical Intelligences,” and “Superhumans,” seem to be just beyond the horizon, many of these new technologies are becoming available and becoming beneficial for today. Now, thanks to some of the newest developments in biotechnology and engineering, amputees, for the very first time may be able to once again get back their lost sense of feeling. A new “Bionic Fingertip,” developed by a team of scientist in Switzerland, is being hailed as a “breakthrough” in touch-enabled prosthetics.
The advancements in artificial limbs, wearable technology, and touch-enabled prosthetics, makes use of the electrical connections of sensors to actual nerves in the arm. The technology will soon begin to allow for the accelerated development of a wide variety of touch-enabled prosthetics for all different types of amputees.
Dennis Sørensen, an amputee who lost his lower arm in a firework accident in 2003 after a rocket blew up in his hand told, The New Scientist, “It was very close to the feeling in my real arm – you can feel coarseness and the different gaps and ridges.”
The beauty of this technology is that it is very non-invasive, electrodes can be implanted with little more than an acupuncture needle. This allowed for testing of the technology on even non-amputees, and brainwave function appeared similar in both subjects.
The future of this technology is almost limitless, the hope is to eventually “combine the fingertip sensors within a full prosthesis, allowing people to grip and feel objects.”
Article: New Scientist