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Smart glove for prosthesis


Various causes lead to losslimbs, resulting in the use of mechanical prostheses. The task of medical science is to restore a person’s former capacity for work, to create prosthetics methods that make life easier for affected people.
Researchers from American UniversityPurdue proposed an original method that allows the use of a prosthesis to perform numerous functions. Wearing special gloves on the prosthesis, it will be possible to partially return the opportunity to experience tactile perception.

The experimental glove is made fromnitrile (artificial rubber) and is coated with natural rubber. A flexible base “implants micro sensors capable of measuring temperature, pressure, hydration and other indicators of everything with which the glove will make physical contact. All received data is transmitted to a smart watch directly connected to the glove and sent to Purdue University servers.

The main objective of the experiment isrestoration of sensory sensitivity of a person who has lost a hand. Currently, high technology allows you to simulate artificial skin almost indistinguishable from the natural skin, and even able to transmit some tactile sensations. The methodology of scientists from the United States allows the use of smart gloves, just putting them on a standard prosthesis, not equipped with expensive artificial leather.

Use as a basis of standardnitrile gloves makes the invention universal, which does not require a special individual fit. In this case, the outer coating provides an imitation of human skin. The next stage of testing will be associated with the expansion of the functionality of the glove, giving it the ability to transfer tactile irritations to the wearer of the prosthesis.