European researchers develop world’s first sensitive artificial finger
One of the major senses among the five human senses is that of touch. A mother feels blessed when for the first time she touches her new born baby and a lover loves the touch and feel of whom he loves. All this touch was so far only granted to man by nature, but now this sense of touch has been created by man too. A team of European researchers have developed the world’s first sensitive artificial finger.
A multi-disciplinary team of 13 scientific institutes that comprises of international universities and companies aim towards exploring the secrets of human-mechano-transduction system and tissue engineered nano-biosensors. As per the researchers, who are working on this project, biometric tactile sensoring will have the potential to achieve many varied possibilities. Just for example, it can help the prosthetic limbs to sense just like the natural limbs, which will further help in sensing objects and hence controlling the limb. Even robotics will be benefitted from its scope.
As a major step forward in this research, the scientists have developed the prototype of the world’s first sensitive artificial finger. The working principle of this artificial finger is that it has an array of pressure sensors that imitate the spatial resolution and dynamics of human neural tactile sensors with all the sensitivity, which can thereafter be connected to the central nervous system. Not only that, the artificial finger also imitates the human fingerprint when integrated with an artificial skin. A particular kind of vibration is made by this finger depending upon the quality of surface. This feature will really be helpful for the patients making them capable enough to differentiate between rough and smooth surfaces.
This major development by the European researchers will take prostheses to a whole new level. The patients who use hand prostheses will be able to feel like it’s their all new body part. But, before that more tests have to be done on this new major invention in order to ensure its usefulness and medical applicability.