October 17, 2013
WELL, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU KNOW: Experimental brain implants pave way for touch-simulating prosthetics. “Many experimental efforts to simulate a sense of touch in amputees fitted with prosthetics require the subject to learn new associations between touching an object and some abstract sensation. But new research at the University of Chicago suggests that it is possible to map the individual finger pads of a prosthetic hand to the corresponding parts of the brain. In other words, prosthetic hands which offer a realistic sense of touch may theoretically be possible.” Faster, please.