A new 3D-printed prosthetic hand learns the wearer’s movement patterns to provide a more user-friendly experience.
The prosthetic was created by a team from Hiroshima University, and is equipped with a computer interface and electronics that measure the signals from the nerves through the skin. According to the team, the system’s neural network (Cybernetic Interface) is able to recognize the motion from each of the five fingers (such as a fist for Rock) to produce more complicated motions. The new prosthetic is also made of plastic, and is more lightweight and nimble than the team's previous versions.
According to professor Toshio Tsuji, “The patient just thinks about the motion of the hand and then robot automatically moves. The robot is like a part of his body. You can control the robot as you want. We will combine the human body and machine like one living body.”