Imagine you have your hand or arm cut off? All the abilities you will lose and never have for the rest of your life? Recently, in an article provided by Cnet, in two technology companies in Switzerland and Italy, (Switzerland's Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and Italy's Scuola Superiore) they have both been working on a bionic fingertip that lets an amputee feel textures again. For example, people that have gone to war, and have unfortunately come back with certain conditions, can now have the opportunity to feel certain textures, by a conducted research and discovery. It is interesting to see what they have done!
In this research, it has been tested with particular amputees both as well with non-amputees to see the contrast between the textures, and what the people felt.
Basically, in this recent discovery, the engineers and researchers in both technology companies, have developed a small design of a finger, but that can feel certain textures and surfaces. So, when the engineers and researchers rubbed it against certain surfaces and textures, the finger design was linked with computers and monitors that would show certain graphs of the textures felt by the "finger." This model can also feel pressure points for example, when there's too much force applied on to an item or object, the monitors can detect certain statistics. This was tested on amputee people, and surprisingly with a lot of effort, they were able to feel textures and surfaces again, where they hadn't had the feeling of in a while. The finger model was somehow connected to the human by a series of nerves running through their amputee location by computers and monitors. Switzerland's Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and Italy's Scuola Superiore have only began with this new discovery, and will expand their research and engineering on this recent discovery that could help thousands of lives from people who have gone through serious conditions.