A prosthetic hand mimicing the movement of a real hand. Image credit NC State Unviersity News.

Technology for Prosthetic Hands is Making Them More Intuitive

Research and engineer teams from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are developing new technology to decode neuromuscular signals in order to control powered prosthetic wrists and hands, making them more intuitive and natural for the user.
Aadeel Akhtar, an M.D./Ph.D. student at Illinois holding prosthesis. Image credit L. Brian Stauffer and Illinois News Bureau

New Sensory Feedback Technology Makes Electronic Prosthesis More Reliable

Researchers at the University of Illinois are working on sensory feedback control algorithm to improve the reliability of connections in a prosthetic socket. This could increase reliability of high performance electronic prosthesis, even in high stress situations.
Researchers working with patients. Photo courtesey of MIT Researchers

Researchers at MIT Developing New, Simple & Inexpensive Prosthetic Foot/Ankle Technology

Researchers at MIT are working on a new, passive prosthetic foot/ankle that would mimic the natural movements of the natural limb, but require less input/control from the user and less components/technology to develop.
Graphic of person using prosthetic arm. Image credit Imperial College London

Machine Learning Could Make Prosthetics More Intuitive and Natural

Scientists at Imperial College London and the University of Göttingen are working with machine learning to develop more natural moving and intuitive prosthetics, improving mobility and the connection the user has with their prosthetic.
Artificial skin for prosthetic. Photo credit IFLScience.

Artificial Skin Could Help Patients Better Connect With Their Limb

Scientists at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine have developed an artificial skin that can be used on hand prosthesis to provide sensation and determine object curvature, including sharpness.
smiling woman with prosthetic leg by the beach giving thumbs up

Prosthetics is About Mobility, Comfort and Overall Well-Being

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are doing a study on the effects of prosthetics with sensory capability on an individual’s personal well-being, with the hopes that the findings will help us improve the patient's connection with their prosthetic.
Averie Mitchell. Photo credit NBC News.

Averie Mitchell Competes Nationally with Prosthetic Limb

Averie Mitchell, an 11-year-old gymnast with a prosthetic leg competed in the Amateur Athletics Union National Championships in Tampa Bay, Florida, winning third prize on the beam and 10th place overal. She has dreams of becoming an Olympic athlete, which we have no doubt she’ll achieve.
graphic of nerve in the brain

Improving the Way the Brain Interprets Motor Controlled Joint Movements

Researchers at the Center for Extreme Bionics at the MIT Media Lab are developing a method to relay feedback from joint movement in a prosthesis to the central nervous system, which will improve the control and mobility of motor controlled joints.
Man golfing while wearing knee brace. Image credit Otto Bock.

Stance Control Knee Joint KAFOs Proven to Improve Gait

Researchers in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton have found that a stance control knee joint KAFO appears to improve gait, which can help with mobility and decrease long-term wear and tear on joints.