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Movement thanks to grasping intelligence

Dear Sir or Madam,

did you know that in your mind it could only take one of two movements to control a hand prosthesis? Researchers at the Institute for Orthopaedic Movement Diagnostics in Hanover are working on a flexible prosthetic hand that functions without the previous gripping patterns. In our current interview, you can read exactly what SoftHand 3.0 is all about and why grasping intelligence plays an important role.

I wish you a relaxing week,

Katja Laska
Editorial team

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Topic of the Month: Back to health
Interview: SoftHand
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Back to health – when electrical pulses provide healing

Topic of the Month

Image:Woman with electrodes in her neck; Copyright:
Strengthening and healing thanks to the power of electrical pulses - is that really possible? When mobility is restricted or muscles are no longer as strong as they used to be, electrical treatment options can lead to improvement or even cure of diseases. But why are more and more people turning to these alternatives, what are the advantages and what are their limitations and drawbacks?
Read more in our Topic of the Month:
Back to health – when electrical pulses provide healing
Electrical Effectiveness - healing methods alongside conventional Medicine
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SoftHand: grasping intelligence for lower arm prostheses


Image: hand prosthesis squeezes a small ball; Copyright: Alina Kettenbach
So far, lower arm prostheses often only functioned as a cosmetic disguise to conceal the missing body part. While newer models help the wearer with grip patterns, every hand grip has to be readjusted and newly activated. There is still no prosthetic device that is easy to control and allows a flexible response to objects the wearer is grasping.
Read the interview here:
SoftHand: grasping intelligence for lower arm prostheses
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