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Sensors, Volume 17, Issue 5 (May 2017)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Amputation of a hand or limb is a catastrophic event resulting in significant disability with major [...] Read more. Amputation of a hand or limb is a catastrophic event resulting in significant disability with major consequences for amputees in terms of quality of life. Although functional myoelectric prostheses are available today their use remains limited due to a lack of sensory function in the prostheses. A sense of tactility is needed for providing feedback for control of prosthetic limbs and to perceive the prosthesis as a real part of the body. Wirelessly connected tactility sensors embedded into the cosmetic silicone coating of prostheses, which acts like a sensory "skin" providing the sensation of touch, enable improved gripping, manipulation of objects and mobility for amputees. Flexibility, freedom of movement and comfort demand unobtrusive, highly miniaturized, ultra-low power (ULP) sensing capabilities built into the "skin". View this paper