Better Movement For Amputees With Haptic Prosthetic Hands
May 11th 2021
Researchers from Johns Hopkins and Drexel universities say that adding haptics—an artificial sense of touch—to upper limb prostheses reduces the mental effort required to operate the device, bringing us closer to developing prosthetic technology that functions more like healthy limbs.
In what researchers are calling the first study of its…
Patient Spotlight: Amputee Finds Help in Surprising Place
April 20th 2021
Kalob Harrison was looking to get the tires on his van aligned, but he ended up getting a whole lot more — including a newfound confidence, and for the first time in seven years he walked without crutches. “I just went there to get an alignment,” Harrison said.
Kurtis Smith works…
Actress To Change Hollywood's Perspective of Disabilities
April 16th 2021
Before losing her leg in a car accident in 2012, Rachel Handler was a musical theater performer. Once she became an amputee, she was only being considered for roles as a hospital patient or military veteran.
“It’s like the industry only saw my prosthetic leg and not me as a…
16-year-old Amputee Youngest Athlete At World Para Games
March 23rd 2021
ZIMBABWE’S teenage blade runner, 16-year-old Pride Mafira, was the youngest athlete at the World Para Athletes Grand Prix recently held in Dubai.
Although he did not qualify for the 100m final after running the heat in 17.66 seconds, the Victoria Falls-based amputee set a personal best jump record of 3.01m…
Magnetic Skin Sensor Improves Prosthesis Movement
March 9th 2021
Researchers at the City University of Hong Kong have developed a soft sensor for sensitive measurement of shear forces applied to its surface. When attached to robotic grippers, the tactile sensing allows for fine control of grasped objects, enabling the robot to perform impressive feats, such as threading a needle…
Sensor Developed That Controls Prosthesis' Movement
February 25th 2021
A wearable device engineered by researchers from the University of California Berkeley, IBM Research Zurich and University of Bologna (Italy) recognizes hand gestures based on electrical signals detected in the forearm. The system, which combines biosensors with artificial intelligence (AI), could one day be used to control prosthetics or to…
20 Easy and Sweet Valentine's Day Games Kids Will Heart
February 11th 2021
Halloween has bobbing for apples. Christmas has the great gift swap. Hanukkah has the dreidel. So, what's the game that's most associated with Valentine's Day? There isn't really one. There are notable Valentine's desserts, some fun Valentine's Day crafts and DIY Valentine's Day cards to make, but there aren't really built-in games. That means if…
Study Examines the Brain's Response to Bionic Limb Use
January 27th 2021
Advances in neuroscience and engineering have generated great hope for Luke Skywalker-like prosthetics: robotic devices that are almost indistinguishable from a human limb. Key to solving this challenge is designing devices that not only can be operated with a user's own neural activity, but can also accurately and precisely receive…
Paralympic Cheers On 2-year-old With Prosthetic Leg
January 13th 2021
A heartwarming video shows Kingsport native and 8-time Paralympic Track and Field international medalist Blake Leeper encouraging a 2-year-old child who was using a prosthetic leg. Leeper is seen encouraging the child named KJ.
Leeper told Good News Movement that he was trying on his new running legs and setting…
Digital Controllers Give Paralyzed Patients More Control
December 21st 2020
Wearable robots such as exoskeletons are often used in the rehabilitation of paretic patients (people with paralysis, for example after a stroke or spinal cord injury). However, these exoskeletons work more or less without knowledge of the patients' body internal information. Ph.D. candidate Guillaume Durandau of the University of Twente is…