The University of California, Berkeley has reportedly pioneered new smart prosthetics technology that could prove useful for people missing limbs.
The new innovation is a detection system that analyses movements in a user’s forearm, and interprets which hand movements the wearer is attempting to make.
The developers hope that the technology could help people missing one or both hands to do activities like drive a car, play video games or a musical instrument, and type on a keyboard.
Doctoral student Ali Moin is one member of the team that helped design the device in UC Berkeley’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences.
Moin commented: “Prosthetics are one important application of this technology, but besides that, it also offers a very intuitive way of communicating with computers.
“Reading hand gestures is one way of improving human-computer interaction. And, while there are other ways of doing that, by, for instance, using cameras and computer vision, this is a good solution that also maintains an individual’s privacy.”
The system measures electrical impulses in the forearm to interpret the corresponding hand movements.
It can be viewed in action in the video below: