AH, MY HAND! Luke Skywalker lost his hand a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away - but here in our own galaxy, how close are we to creating the advanced neuroprosthetics we see in Star Wars? On this episode of Neuro Transmissions, learn about advances in prosthetic hand design - and see just how close we are to building Luke’s Hand!

Huge thank yous to our friends and colleagues for their contributions to this video. Eric J. Earley can be found at http://www.twitter.com/ericjearley and at http://www.ericjearley.com. Jacob George spoke at SfN about the advances being made at the University of Utah on designing biofeedback-enabled prosthetic hands. His work can be found at http://www.bioen.utah.edu/cni/

PLEASE NOTE: at 5:13, it should be "detected from the remaining nerves", not "muscles". Jacob was kind enough to point out our error but the final edit didn't make it into the video!


Historical prosthetics: https://daily.jstor.org/a-brief-history-of-prosthetic-limbs/

Body powered: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22773256

Myoelectric: https://www.ottobock.pl/media/local-media/pdf/clinical-res/final-myoelectric-compared-to-body-powered-prostheses-study-summaries.pdf


Brain-Machine Interfaces: http://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.1001561


2002 experiment: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaneurology/fullarticle/784743

Utah study: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/11/15/new-robotic-hand-named-after-luke-skywalker-helps-amputee-touch-and-feel-again/?utm_term=.e91ff35718ec

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There was a nifty idea for helping with pressure feedback by overlaying the 'skin' of the prosthesis with piezoelectric sensors (paper), but I can't seem to track further developments. Shame, it seems like a great fit in more than just theory.

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