Smart prosthetic limb that sees makes motion more natural

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Already being introduced to patients at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, the bionic hand with vision capabilities uses artificial intelligence (AI) rather than electrical signals from muscles to control its movements. While prostheses have greatly improved over time through material developments, the methods for controlling them have not greatly advanced. The new prosthesis designed by Newcastle University engineers has been taught to recognize objects using neural networks. By learning which objects require which type of grasp - depending on size, orientation and shape - the smart limb can immediately make a decision as to which is needed. The camera fitted to the…

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