In another interview with the BBC, Professor Silvestro Micera, a neuroengineer at EPFL in Lausanne and Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa likened the invention to science fiction. "We are going more and more in the direction of science fiction movies like Luke Skywalker's bionic hand in Star Wars - a fully controlled, fully natural, sensorized prosthesis, identical to the human hand." The team’s breakthrough is a step in the right direction in achieving a robotic arm equivalent to the human hand.
Unfortunately, the arm is still a prototype and Almerina had to return the prosthesis after a six month trial. Still in the developmental stages, the team hopes to further miniaturize the technology to offer a version of the portable, sensory bionic hand commercially.
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