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Sensor technology extends range of movement for prosthetic arms

Sensor technology extends range of movement for prosthetic arms

But the range of movements possible with existing robotic arms is severely limited, leading up to half of amputees using the devices to abandon them out of sheer frustration.

Now researchers at Imperial College London have developed sensor technology for use with robotic arms that should ultimately make it possible to carry out a far greater range of actions using the prosthetics.

The technology, published in the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering, is designed to detect signals from motor neurons – nerve cells in the spinal cord that control muscles via fibres known as axons – rather than the damaged muscle in the shoulder or arm.