VR, Artificial Tactile Signals Allow Amputees to Feel Prosthetics As Real Body Parts

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In a realistic approach that adds virtual reality and artificial touch sensations, amputees realize that their artificial hands were part of their body as part of a new study. In the study, the scientists of Ecole Polytechnique Faderlél de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland used two senses - an odd combination of sight and touch - to celebrate the artificial hands related amputees to their bodies.

The brain regularly uses its senses to evaluate what is related to the body and what is outside the body. Giulio Rognini of EPFL said, "We showed how much vision and touch can be added to the mind of Empute that the absorption of artificial hands increases with an additional effect in the haunted part.

Ragnini said, "The setup is portable and one day can be converted to medicine to help patients add their prosthesis permanently." For the study, the team gave two-hand amputees, by stimulating the patient's nerve in the stumps - the index of the phantom limb provided artificial touch sensation at the tip of the finger.

At the same time, the patient was wearing the virtual reality glasses, which showed the index of bright artificial limbs finger in synchronization with the administered touch sensations. This combination of virtual reality with artificial touch sensations took the illusion of rubber hand to the second level. Both patients felt that artificial hands were related to their body.

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