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Feb 6, 2014 7:20 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

New prosthetic technology simulates sense of touch

A Danish man is the first amputee able to feel, in real time, with a prosthetic hand.

Dennis Sorenson, 36, was able to grasp and identify objects he was touching, while blindfolded.

Scientists were able to simulate a sense of touch by connecting sensors on Sorenson's prosthetic to four electrodes that were surgically implanted into the nerves of his upper arm.

Researchers say this type of prosthetic is still years away from being commercially available because they're still improving the performance and safety of the technology.

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