Researchers at the Technical University of Lausanne and Scola Supérieure have developed a thermal sensing system that has the potential to restore the full range of sensations in amputees. This technology allows amputees to experience temperature sensations during tasks, adding a human touch to their experience.
During a successful trial of the thermal sensing system, a participant was able to distinguish between bottles of water at different temperatures, while also improving their ability to differentiate between human and prosthetic arms. The researchers are now working on improving the system by combining it with other sensations like touch and proprioception.
The team believes that this technology will soon play a significant role in the commercial prosthetic industry, as it will allow amputees to experience a more natural sensation when using prosthetic limbs. Their findings have been published in an article outlining the potential of this technology for changing the lives of amputees. While there is still much work to be done, this research represents an exciting breakthrough in the field of prosthetics.