Researchers working on prosthetic technology have developed a thermal sensing system that has the potential to restore the entire range of sensations in amputees. This technology allows amputees to experience temperature sensations during tasks, adding a human touch to their experience.
The team of researchers from the Technical University of Lausanne, Scola Supérieure, has written an article outlining their findings. Although their work is not yet complete, they believe the technology will soon play a significant role in the commercial prosthetic industry.
A successful trial of the thermal sensing system allowed a participant to distinguish between bottles of water at different temperatures, while also improving the participant’s ability to differentiate between human and prosthetic arms. Further work is being carried out to improve the system, including combining it with other sensations like touch and proprioception.
This technology could revolutionize the way amputees experience their environment and interact with objects around them. With further development and refinement, this thermal sensing system could become an essential component of advanced prosthetics, providing amputees with a more natural and immersive experience.