HandY is a bionic hand developed by one of our researchers from the BISITE research group. This prototype has been developed as a practical and useful alternative for controlling hand and foot prostheses through the muscles of people who have lost their limbs. They are controlled by a system which has a muscle-computer interface. In this case, the bionic hand has a series of motors which move the five fingers independently. In addition, sensors and electrodes are located over the skin, they measure the surface electricity which is produced when muscles are contracted (surface electromyography). The designed system measures the surface electricity on the skin, it interprets it and generates the movement of the motors which cause the hand to move.

The cost of the system is low in order to make it accessible to a large number of people, it has been created using a simple electronic system and 3D printing. This last feature allows to highly personalize the product since each person will be able to redesign and reprint their own prosthesis and adapt it to their likes and needs. Lastly, this prosthesis allows to configure different types of movements which can be adapted to each individual and specific circumstances. All of this makes this product a great development in the field of bionic prosthesis. Its developer, Ramiro Sánchez Torres, continues working on the project in order to provide the users of these prostheses with more features. I would like to congratulate him for his ideas and fantastic work and I wish him great success.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Unviersidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.

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