A team of researchers from the Technical University of Lausanne and Scola Supérieure have developed a thermal sensing system that has the potential to restore the entire range of sensations in amputees. This technology allows amputees to experience temperature sensations during tasks, adding a human touch to their experience.
The successful trial of the thermal sensing system allowed a participant to distinguish between bottles of water at different temperatures, while also improving the participant’s ability to differentiate between human and prosthetic arms. The researchers are continuing to work on improving the system, with plans to combine it with other sensations like touch and proprioception.
Although their work is not yet complete, the team believes that this technology will soon play a significant role in the commercial prosthetic industry. Their findings were published in an article outlining the potential benefits of this technology for amputees, and they are excited about its future possibilities.