Thursday, September 08, 2005

First ever artificial opposable thumb

Those non-moving or single-motor grip prosthetic hands should soon be replaced by a an advanced robot hand.

Lots of people lose their hand every year, such as through motorbike or industrial accidents.

A team at the University of Southampton designed a hand with seperate motors for each finger, and it can be connected to muscles in the arm. The thumb can move in a special way and is flexible and opposable like a human thumb.

The next step is to replicate the human sense of touch.

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