Scientists at the Technical University of Lausanne and Scola Supérieure have made a breakthrough in prosthetic technology with the development of a thermal sensing system that restores temperature sensations to amputees. The system allows users to experience temperature changes during tasks, providing them with a more human-like experience.
During a successful trial of the thermal sensing system, participants were able to distinguish between bottles of water at different temperatures and improve their ability to differentiate between human and prosthetic arms. Further research is being conducted to enhance the technology’s capabilities by combining it with other sensations such as touch and proprioception.
The team believes that their findings will significantly impact the commercial prosthetic industry and provide amputees with an enhanced range of sensations, making their lives more comfortable and allowing them to perform daily tasks more efficiently. The article outlining their findings can be found on their website, although further work is still needed before the technology can be commercially available.