AI-Powered Prosthetic Hands Improve Mobility for Amputees


More than 1,500 Americans have lost a leg or arm in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan, and hundreds have suffered the amputation of multiple limbs. The physical damage is often compounded by mental stress, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disease (PTSD). The value of any scientific development that can give back physical capability and independence to those who have lost it is beyond words. This brings us to AI-powered prosthetic hands, which “learn” from repetitive actions and enable hand amputees to make an unlimited number of grips and gestures.

The new prosthetics also rely on EMG, but the addition of AI leads to significant improvements in how they perform.

“The biggest difference between the AI prosthetic hand and the standard prosthetic hand is the AI algorithms that facilitate users in their daily usage,” said Qing Zhu,  product manager and regulatory analyst at BrainRobotics, which innovated the AI prosthetic hand. “Users are able to have a shorter training time while the captured EMG signals are analyzed into a more precise control of the prosthetic hand,” she added.

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