Novel wearable armband helps users of prosthetic hands to ‘get a grip’

Erik Engeberg, Ph.D., (seated) senior author, pictured with the dexterous artificial hand used for the study. Credit: Alex Dolce, Florida Atlantic University

Typing on a keyboard, pressing buttons on a remote control or braiding a child’s hair has remained elusive for prosthetic hand users. With current myoelectric prosthetic hands, users can only control one grasp function at a time even though modern artificial hands are mechanically capable of individual control of all five digits.

A first-of-its-kind study using haptic/touch sensation feedback, electromyogram (EMG) control and an innovative wearable soft robotic armband could just be a game changer for …

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