BIOROBOTICS AND PHYSICS APPLICATIONS TO BUILD A BIONIC MAN: EXHIBITION PREVIEW, MARCH 22, PALAZZO BLU –PISA, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SANT’ANNA SCHOOL

If you register as a visitor for “Virtual Man – Physics Explores The Body” exhibition, in Pisa, Palazzo Blu di Pisa, Wednesday, 22 March - Sunday, 2 July, 2017, you will be allowed to actively participate in the presentation on the next frontiers of innovation, challenges and future directions of Sant’Anna School Biorobotics Institute.

A section of the exhibition, “Becoming Bionic”, will be dedicated to the new rehabilitation technologies enhancing control of prostheses for individuals with disabilities affecting manipulation and mobility also measuring the impact of prosthetic device on persons’ daily life. The robotics research team of Sant’Anna School, coordinated by Professor Christian Cipriani, will exhibit several devices: the robotic hand equipped with sensors, actuators and control mechanisms; the desc-glove which comprises sensorized thimbles to be placed on the prosthesis digits and vibrating units embedded in an arm-cuff that aims to partially restore the sense of touch in people with sensory disabilities; three prosthetic hand prototypes, the first-generation artificial hand.

The “Virtual Man – Physics Explores The Body” exhibition is supported by the National Institute of Nuclear Physics and Palazzo Blu Foundation, in partnership with the Department of Physics - University of Pisa and “La Nuova Limonaia” society. This exhibition, from antiquity to the modern era, has been devoted to the scientific exploration of the human body. Advanced prosthetics made of iron and bronze were discovered in Italy dating back to the fourth century B.C. Nowadays, the bionics hands which operate using sensors that detect muscle movements move closer to the ultimate dream of strengthening the human body with artificial organs and track individual neurons through the brain and analyze their connections.

Click here to download the exhibition program.

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