This bionic arm could help amputees regain a true sense of touch


Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute in Lausanne and Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Italy report that they successfully wired a bionic hand into the nerves on a man’s amputated arm, allowing him to experience the sensation of touch in real time. The man is the first person to receive it as a part of a clinical trial, which is a step toward making the prosthetic widely available.

“The sensory feedback was incredible,” Dennis Aabo Sørensen, the Danish man who received the prosthetic, said in a release. “I could feel things that I hadn’t been able to feel in over nine years. When I held an object, I could feel if it was soft or hard, round or square.”

Bionic hand that feels

Bionic limbs are allowing amputees to accomplish formerly impossible tasks, including walking and picking objects up just by thinking. While limbs capable of feeling have been invented in the past, the European researchers…

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