Indeed, this is an age of science and technology. There are always new inventions to benefit mankind. The latest invention, the first bionic hand, allows an amputee to feel what he/she is touching. The first bionic hand will be transplanted later this year. If the experiment goes successful, it can produce a new generation of artificial limbs with sensory perceptions. The scientific development could prove to be a cash-cow for the team of doctors that has been working on it. The operation will be performed on an unidentified patient, who is in his 20s and lives in Rome.
The patient lost the lower part of his arm during an accident. Dr. Silvestro Micera of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland said that the wiring of the new bionic hand will be connected to nervous system of the patient so that he can feel touch signals from the hand’s skin sensors and control movement of the hand as per his wishes or requirements. The experiment seems too ambitious, but Dr. Micera is confident of success. He is of the view that the experiment could bring a new revolution in the field of artificial limbs with sensory perception.
If all goes as planned and prepared by scientists, the hundreds of soldiers who have lost their arms during clashes with terrorists and militants can also benefit from it. Artificial limbs that have been installed to the hundreds of soldiers who lost their limbs during war and also ordinary citizens in accidents have no sensory perceptions. Dr. Micera has rightly said that this is a real progress in the field of science and technology and a real hope for amputees. The acceptance of the artificial hand by patients will increase automatically when he/she will start feeling things and controlling the hand as per his/her thoughts.
The plan is to install the bionic hand to the patient for a month and check if he adapts to it being attached all the time to his body or there would be need to remove it periodically to give some rest to the hand. If the experiment is successful, a full, working model will be ready for testing within two years.