Technological advancement allows amputee to touch and feel using robotic arm.
We are excited about the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It is the eighth movie in the series and follows the continuing adventures of Luke Skywalker as he battles the dark side. Luke famously lost his hand during the second movie in an epic lightsaber battle with Darth Vader. A robotic replacement was later given to him that looked and operated like a real hand.
The Washington Post is now reporting that scientists are closer than ever to creating a similar robotic hand. Dubbed “Luke” arm it allows a person to touch and feel using nerves in their own body. Researchers found adding sensory feedback creates a closed-loop system that mimics biology and makes the device operate more like a real hand. It also appears to reduce phantom pain.
While still in the experimental research phase, this exciting news gives hope to many workers’ comp clients. Michigan law requires payment of reasonable and necessary medical treatment including prosthesis. Unfortunately, it does not cover experimental medical equipment like the robotic Luke arm.
Better options will indeed become available as medical breakthroughs continue and reach mainstream medicine. A prosthetic that is experimental today might be very common in the near future.
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