Why does my prosthetic hand not always do what it is told?

Chadwell, AEA ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9101-5202, Prince, MJ, Head, JS ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3483-3903, Galpin, AJ ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7699-8706, Thies, SBA ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9889-2243 and Kenney, LPJ ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2164-3892 2022, 'Why does my prosthetic hand not always do what it is told?' , Frontiers for Young Minds, 10 .

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There are online videos that appear to show electrically powered prosthetic (artificial) hands to be near-perfect replacements for a missing hand. However, for many users, the reality can be quite different. Prosthetic hands do not always respond as expected, which can be frustrating. A prosthetic hand is controlled by muscle signals in the remaining part of the person’s affected arm, using sensors called electrodes. The electrodes are embedded within the socket, which is the part of the prosthetic arm that connects it to the person’s arm. When they activate their muscles, the hand can open, close, or change its grip. If the socket moves, it can pull the electrodes away from the skin. As a result, the muscle activity signaling the person’s intention cannot be properly detected, and the hand will not work very well. In this article, we explain why socket fit may be the most important part of a prosthetic arm.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Frontiers for Young Minds
Publisher: Frontiers Media, S.A.
ISSN: 2296-6846
SWORD Depositor: Publications Router
Depositing User: Publications Router
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2022 12:16
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2022 12:30
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/65095

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