“Feeling” Prosthetic Limb Offers Sensation To Amputees
Scientists have developed prosthetic limbs that allow users to feel once again.
Ignoring conventional limitations associated with prosthetic limbs, scientists have worked to afford amputees the ability to feel once again.
Through a process called targeted reinnervation, severed nerves are attached to the skin just above the amputation. A sensor is then attached to the portion of reinnervated skin, that mimics pressure placed on the prosthetic limb in real time. For amputees tested, seeing and feeling their prosthetic limbs being touched created an illusion of embodiment, or feeling of oneness, with their artificial limbs.