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proCover: Smart Sock Adds Sensation to Prosthetic Limbs
Added Nov 1, 2016 | Rate View top rated
Today’s commercially available prosthetic limbs don’t feature tactile sensation or feedback. Researchers from the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria in Hagenberg, Austria have developed a prototype that offers a custom, self-applicable approach for the sensory augmentation of low to mid-range priced lower-limb prosthetics. Their “proCover” is made of layers of conductive fabric that sandwich a piezoresistive layer, which creates a pressure-sensitive grid that covers the foot and ankle. This is connected to a ring of vibrating motors, and pressure on a certain part of the foot causes certain motors to vibrate at different frequencies.
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