Today's Prostheses Are More Capable Than Ever
Advances in prosthetics are making replacement body parts stronger and more lifelike than they’ve ever been.By Evan Thomas | November 26, 2014
Prosthetic limbs used to consist of wood and rubber, with maybe a pulley or hook to restore manipulation lost with a hand.
But today's cutting-edge prostheses look — and feel — a lot different. Thanks to advances in materials, electronics and surgical procedures, researchers are making prostheses more functional and high-tech than ever.
With the latest synthetic hands, wearers can feel what they’re holding, thanks to touch sensors built into the fingers and palm.