Meanwhile, a biomedical engineering team at Newcastle University in the UK is using computer vision in a robotic hand to make an “Intuitive” hand prosthetic. The team used a camera, AI and neural networking to enable the hand to recognize objects in front of it, and then change its grasp in response. The hand has four different grips and can react within milliseconds to determine whether it should use a pinch, tripod, wrist pronated or wrist neutral method to interact with the object in question. This is a major development in the field, as prosthetics have historically lacked this vital responsive element. The team hopes to progress the development by integrating it directly into the nervous system to send pressure and temperature.
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