The prosthetic will connect to the patient’s nervous system, providing touch signals from its skin sensors.

A new bionic hand will connect to a patient’s nervous system, giving them a sense of touch. The first surgery testing the device will take place later this year on a young man in Rome, according to Silvestro Micera of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland.

It is hoped that the bionic hand will provide sensory perception, allowing the patient to control its movement and receive touch signals from its skin sensors.

The Independent reports that it will be attached directly to the patient’s nervous system via electrodes clipped onto two of the arm’s main nerves, which should allow him to control it with his thoughts. Dr. Micera told the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting:

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