Washington: The world is moving ahead and so is India. India is developing gradually every day. From science to a simple thing, India is creating a landmark. So have it made its step known in the world of Prosthetics.
Prosthetics have enabled people who have lost their limbs completely, to function naturally. Those sections of people are considered who still lack in certain areas like fine motor skill and the sense of touch. The researchers of the University of Glasglow have brought remedies to such problems. But the main news is that this team of researches is headed by an Indian.
The team, headed by Dr. Ravinder Dahiya, has developed artificial skin which will enable the amputees to regain their sense of touch by just using a prosthetic. The prototype involves using a polymeric protective layer over the prosthetic’s surface, that sends back pressure and temperature signals to the wearer. For example, someone wearing this prosthetic could pick up a cup of coffee, and would be able to feel the grain of the ceramic as well as how hot the mug is.
But the researchers believe that there still is a long way to this discovery. More improvements need to be made as the device has a lot of disadvantages as the device is still too bulky. They presume that their next step is to miniaturise the technology more in order to bring the weight of the prosthetic’s weight down to that of a real human hand.
The team is also looking for ways to store solar energy which could convert it to a light-weighted battery pack within the device itself. If successful, it would give the wearer the complete experience of a mobile and sensitive hand without worrying that it would run out of power.
This technology has its use in another way as it could be used in the field of robotics . A touch-sensitive skin could give a huge boost to the development of caregiver robots. With a sense of touch feeding back data, these bots could exercise restraint when dealing with infants, the old, or infirm, while still allowing them utilise more strength when say, picking up and moving household objects.