University of Utah

New robotic hand named after Luke Skywalker helps amputee touch and feel again

New robotic hand named after Luke Skywalker helps amputee touch and feel again

Keven Walgamott wasn't sure what to expect when scientists first hooked up what was left of his arm to a computer.

Last year - 14 years after he lost his hand and part of his arm in an electrical accident - he heard about a team at the University of Utah working on an experimental robotic arm. The prosthetic hand and fingers would be controlled by an amputee's own nerves. Even more challenging, researchers were trying to restore the sense of touch to amputees through that robotic hand.

Walgamott volunteered for the experimental program. A few weeks after surgeons implanted electrodes into the nerves of his arm last year, he found himself hooked up to a computer getting ready...

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