A team of researchers at the Technical University of Lausanne, Scola Supérieure, has developed a thermal sensing system that could revolutionize prosthetics by restoring the entire range of sensations in amputees. The technology allows users to experience temperature sensations while performing tasks, adding a human touch to their experience.
During a successful trial, a participant was able to distinguish between bottles of water at different temperatures and improve their ability to differentiate between human and prosthetic arms. Further work is being carried out to combine the system with other sensations like touch and proprioception, which could greatly enhance the user’s experience.
The researchers have published an article detailing their findings, and although their work is not yet complete, they believe the technology will soon play a significant role in the commercial prosthetic industry. With further development, this technology could greatly improve the quality of life for amputees and provide them with a more natural experience.