London, – Scientists at Newcastle University developed a bionic hand that “sees” objects and instantly decides what kind of grip to adopt.

The technology is used through a computer’s camera to assess an object’s shape and size to then trigger the correct movement to pick it up.

Dr. Kianoush Nazarpour, a senior lecturer in biomedical engineering at the university, said the bionic hand can “respond automatically,” “for many amputees the reference point is their healthy arm or leg so prosthetics seem slow and cumbersome in comparison, the (CNN) reported.

“Now, for the first time in a century, we have developed an ‘intuitive’ hand that can react without thinking, he stated.

The team, whose work is reported in the Journal of Neural Engineering, programmed the hand to react within milliseconds and perform four different “grasps” suitable for picking up a cup, holding a TV controller, and gripping objects with a thumb and two fingers or a pinched thumb and first finger. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency