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LifeHand is a thought-controlled prosthesis, a scientific device that enables a person to control a robotic hand using only their mind. It's the result of a €2 million ($3 million), five-year project funded by the European Union.[1]

The project, coordinated by Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies involved the implantation of four electrodes into the nervous system of Pierpaolo Petruzziello's left arm for a one-month period, allowing him to control a four-fingered robot hand to achieve complex movements. The implantation took place into the Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome, the other research partner involved in the experimentation.

The project followed on from the 2002 three-month experiment of Kevin Warwick and Peter Kyberd, which involved the implantation of 100 electrodes into the nervous system to control a two-fingered robot hand with less dexterity but with touch feedback.[2]


  1. Scientists: Man controlled robotic hand with thoughts, Associated Press via Physorg, December 2, 2009
  2. Warwick, K, Gasson, M, Hutt, B, Goodhew, I, Kyberd, P, Andrews, B, Teddy, P and Shad, A:“The Application of Implant Technology for Cybernetic Systems”, Archives of Neurology, 60(10), pp1369-1373, 2003

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