In recent years, researchers working on prosthetic technology have made remarkable strides in creating a thermal sensing system that has the potential to restore the entire range of sensations in amputees. This cutting-edge technology allows amputees to experience temperature sensations during tasks, adding a human touch to their experience.
The team of researchers from the Technical University of Lausanne, Scola Supérieure, has successfully trialed the thermal sensing system and found that it allowed participants to distinguish between bottles of water at different temperatures while also improving their ability to differentiate between human and prosthetic arms. The results were impressive, and further work is being carried out to improve the system even further.
One area of focus is combining the thermal sensing system with other sensations like touch and proprioception. This would allow amputees to feel more like they are using a natural arm, providing them with a more immersive experience. The team believes that this technology will soon play a significant role in the commercial prosthetic industry as more people turn to prosthetics for various reasons.
The article outlining the findings of this research has been published online, and although the work is not yet complete, it is an exciting development for those who have lost limbs. With continued research and development, we can expect to see even more advanced prosthetic technology in the future that will help people regain some of what they have lost.