Intel researchers are showing off electrolocation technology implemented into a mechanical hand, a system that allows artificial fingertips of the hand to sense the presence of objects around them, before making physical contact. Essentially this may provide for faster response movements of mechanical prostheses, and is another sign that artificial limbs are overtaking our natural ones, be it strength, agility, or sensing features. The technology could also one day be incorporated into all kinds of haptic surgical robotic devices.
Check out the video of Wired editors playing with the device:
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