‘Electronic skin’ allows user to experience a sense of touch and pain; ‘After many years, I felt my hand, as if a hollow shell got filled with life again,’ amputee volunteer says
Amputees often experience the sensation of a “phantom limb”—a feeling that a missing body part is still there.
That sensory illusion is closer to becoming a reality thanks to a team of engineers at Johns Hopkins University that has created an electronic skin. When layered on top of prosthetic hands, this e-dermis brings back a real sense of touch through the fingertips.
“After many years, I felt my hand, as if a hollow shell got filled with life again,” says the amputee who served as the team’s principal volunteer. (The research protocol used in the study does not allow identification of the amputee volunteers.)
Made of fabric and rubber laced with sensors to mimic nerve endings, e-dermis recreates a sense of touch as well as pain by sensing stimuli and relaying the impulses back to the peripheral nerves.
“We’ve made a sensor that goes over the fingertips of a prosthetic hand and acts like your own skin would,” says Luke Osborn, a graduate student in biomedical engineering. “It’s inspired by what is happening in human biology, with receptors for both touch and pain.
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- E-Dermis Works to Give Feeling Back to Amputees on July 2, 2018 at 2:05 am
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- New 'E-Skin' Developed by Indian American-led Team at Johns Hopkins Recreates Sense of Touch, Pain to Prosthetic Hands on June 28, 2018 at 10:11 am
NEW YORK — A team of engineers, including an Indian American, has developed a novel e-dermis that will enable amputees to perceive a real sense of touch through the fingertips of their prosthetics. ... […]
- Electronic skin lets any prosthesis feel touch and pain on June 22, 2018 at 5:54 am
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- Prosthetic skin that can feel both pain and touch could help amputees avoid injury on June 22, 2018 at 3:35 am
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- ‘E-skin’ lets prosthetic hands sense touch and pain on June 21, 2018 at 6:47 am
A new electronic “skin” may restore a sense of touch for amputees who use prosthetic hands. The skin’s inventors say that when the “e-dermis” is layered on top of a prosthetic, it brings back feeling ... […]
- Prosthetic hand gets sense of touch with electronic 'skin' on June 21, 2018 at 6:46 am
The e-dermis, when layered on top of the prosthetic hands, restores the sensation of touch through the fingertips. Engineers at Johns Hopkins University published findings Wednesday in the journal ... […]
- New e-skin called e-dermis helps amputees to feel touch, pain with prosthetic hands on June 21, 2018 at 4:36 am
There’s a new ray of hope for amputees as a team of engineers has developed a new e-dermis that will help them perceive real sense of touch through the fingertips of their prosthetics. This new skin ... […]
- E-dermis gives sense of touch to fingertips of prosthetic hands on June 21, 2018 at 3:04 am
Engineers at Johns Hopkins University have created e-dermis, a form of electronic skin that brings a sense of touch to the fingertips of prosthetic hands. Made of fabric and rubber laced with sensors ... […]
- 'Electronic Skin' Allows User Of Prosthetic Hand To Feel Pain on June 20, 2018 at 8:52 pm
Working with JHU neuroengineer Nitish Thakor, Osborn and his colleagues developed a system called e-dermis - a skin-like layer that gives prosthetic limbs the capacity to perceive touch and pain. ... […]
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