Artificial Intelligence In Prosthetics
Engineers at Newcastle University have developed a bionic hand, which when it sees an object in front of it will automatically trigger movement in the hand to reach out, choose the right grip for the object and pick it up.
The hand is currently being trialled on a number of upper limb amputees.
Using a camera attached to the hand, the camera takes a photo of the object and using a database of objects, it will recognise the object and select the most appropriate grasp. AI allows the hand to learn and continually improve.
Newcastle University say this is the first step on a larger research project to develop a hand that can also sense pressure and temperature and transmit that information back to the brain.
Clear law has a specialist team helping amputee claimants. Headed up by Kevin Walker, the team has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this area of law – spanning the spectrum of possible types of amputation including digit disarticulation, rhinotomy and limb loss. Over the years, Kevin has successfully achieved numerous amputee settlements in excess of £1m for his clients. Kevin’s particular interest is in active prosthetics and assistive technology and is very excited by this advancement.