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LifeHand 2 aims to create a completely implantable prosthesis system, richly sensorized and crontrolled through the patient's nervous system, with a dexterity comparable to a naturale limb.

 

Studies, which have been carried out furthering the results achieved in 2008, led in 2013 to this latest experimental phase called LifeHand 2. The research project enabling experimentation was named NEMESIS (NEurocontrolled MEchatronic Hand ProstheSIS) and was financed by the Italian Ministry of Health.

 

The synergy between researchers is set to continue also with the HandBot project (MIUR\PRIN 2013-2015 Programme), which has just been launched and is being coordinated by the Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome.

 

 

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THE PROJECT

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LIFEHAND 2 IN DETAILS:

 

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LifeHand 2 - The aims

 

Realize a bidirectional control of a biomechatronic upper limb, from the prosthesis to the bran (feelings) and from the brain to the prosthesis (movement intentions).

     
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LifeHand 2 - Surgery and experimentation

 

Pre-surgery exams, surgery to implant and remove electrodes, training and experimentation with prosthesis: more than a month of hard work for patient and researcher.

     
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LifeHand 2 - The achieved results

 

Distinguish the different consistencies of objects, recognise their shape and size, apply the right amount of pressure while holding them in palm of hand: these are the main results published in Science.

     
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LifeHand 2 - The patient

 

Dennis Aabo Sørensen, 36 year old, danish, during the New Year's Eve 2004 underwent the amputation of his limb after a firecracker went off in his left hand.

     
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LifeHand 2 - The researchers involved

 

Danish patient and electrodes from Germany, biomechatronic hand developed in Pisa and implanted in Rome, for a study coordinated from a swiss laboratory. All the main characters of LifeHand 2

     
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LifeHand 2 - Technology: electrodes and prosthesis

 

TIME (Transverse Intrafascicular Multichannel Electrodes) and OpenHand, the names of electrodes and prosthesis, respectively, used in LifeHand 2. In details how technology evolved from 2008 to 2013.

     
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LifeHand 2 - Fresh developments from LifeHand 1

 

From three basic hand movements (fist, claw and thumb to index finger) to a tactile response to recognize shape and consistency of objects. The progresses after 5 years of experimentations.

     
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LifeHand 2 vs LifeHand 1: a comparison of the two experiments

 

In a table, all the steps of the 2008 and 2013 experimentations. The aims, the achieved results and the technical specifications of both studies, shown in parallel.

 

 

(ultimo aggiornamento: 11.02.2014)
 

  

 LIFEHAND 1 (2008)

 

 

Contacts:

Francesco Macaro

Mobile: +39 335.7505308

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Paolo Russo

Mobile: +39 335.201252

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