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Final Report - SMARTHAND (The smart Bio-adaptive Hand prosthesis)

Project ID: 33423
Funded under: FP6-NMP


The SMARTHAND prosthesis could have major impacts on rehabilitation of amputates. People that have lived through a traumatic amputation often encounter sever depressions as a result of a distorted self-image and fear for social rejection. Phantom pains are also common, forcing the amputee taking heavy painkillers and thus complicating a comeback to the labour market.

The project's final report reveals how the project believed that a neural interface with recording and stimulating capability could significantly improving quality of life by relieving the phantom pains. Furthermore, the functional artificial hand could help to restore self-image and social acceptance by the user.

The SMARTHAND smart bio-adaptive hand prosthesis does more than just replicate the physical functionality of a real human hand. The SMARTHAND also uses a unique technology to provide the user with a measure of sensation when using the SMARTHAND.

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