Wristband gives amputees wireless computer control

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In Germany, the most common artificial hand requires users to learn a series of gestures to operate it. While useful, the prostheses do not allow for small enough movements for users to work on a computer. New company Digital Prosthesis developed Shortcut, a digital wristband that is worn on the prosthesis and translates the available range of motion into the actions needed for online work. Made from brightly colored, soft silicone, the Shortcut wristband uses electrodes and an optical sensor to translate hand and arm movement into on-screen actions. When a user rests the wristband-wearing prosthesis on a table, digital…

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