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On the control of a robot hand by extracting neural signals from the PNS: Preliminary results from a human implantation

: Micera, S.; Rigosa, J.; Carpaneto, J.; Citi, L.; Raspopovic, S.; Guglielmelli, E.; Benvenuto, A.; Rossini, L.; Pino, G. di; Cavallo, G.; Carrozza, M.C.; Cipriani, C.; Hoffmann, K.P.; Dario, P.; Rossini, P.M.


IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society -EMBS-:
31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology, EMBC 2009. Proceedings. CD-ROM : September 2-6, 2009, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
New York, NY: IEEE, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4244-3296-7
ISBN: 1-4244-3296-0
ISSN: 1557-170X
Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (Annual International Conference) <31, 2009, Minneapolis/Minn.>
Fraunhofer IBMT ()

The development of hybrid neuroprosthetic systems (HBSs) linking the human nervous system with artificial devices is an important area of research that is currently addressed by several groups to restore sensorimotor function in people affected by different disabilities. It is particularly important to establish a fast, intuitive, bidirectional flow of information between the nervous system of the user and the smart robotic device. Among the possible solutions to achieve this goal, interfaces with the peripheral nervous system and in particular intraneural electrodes can represent an interesting choice. In the present study, thin-film longitudinal intra-fascicular electrodes were implanted in the median and ulnar nerves of an amputee. The possibility of restoring the bidirectional link between the subject and the external world was investigated during a 4 week trial. The result showed that both the extraction of motor information and the restoration of sensory function are possible.