The project

Hand loss is a highly disabling condition that adversely affects the quality of life, independence and mobility. 


Prostheses are only as useful as the richness of the sensation (i.e., “natural” - or as close to natural as possible - sensory feedback) and dexterity (ease of control and capabilities close to the intact human hand) that they provide. 

Objectives

BIREHAB has been developed with the aims of

  • determining the cognitive cortical mechanisms underlying tactile stimuli perception 
  • simultaneously achieving robust myoelectric control of prostheses

impact

Currently prostheses are often rejected by patients, chiefly due to their lack of sensory feedback and cognitive workload required for their use. The results presented here have the potential to successfully address these issues and improve the long term efficacy and quality of hand prostheses, enabling in the future near-natural replacement of missing hands, as well as help devising new upper limb rehabilitation strategies.