Prosthetic limb device enables users to ‘sense’ temperature difference

Swiss-Italian study finds MiniTouch can help people with amputations feel whether objects are hot, cold or in between

Whether it is a simple handshake or a full-body hug, the warmth of another person adds a human touch to social interactions. Now researchers have created a device that allows people with amputations to experience such natural temperature sensations using their prostheses.

The team say the innovation is a first and paves the way for integrating a host of sensations into artificial limbs.

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