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Digital Foot Could Enhance Neuroprosthetics

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The digital foot (right).

The 'digital foot' could serve as the basis for developing more sophisticated bionic limbs.

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The Footsim digital sole model created by U.K., Canadian, and Swiss researchers can map the signals continuously streaming from the foot to the brain as a tool for refining neuroprosthetics.

Scientists can use Footsim to chart the human nervous system's response to contact with the soles and shifts in pressure points.

Rodrigo Kazu Siqueira at the U.K.'s University of Sheffield said analyzing and replicating these electronic signals in bionic limbs has been difficult up to now.

He explained, "The model we've developed here at Sheffield now enables us to replicate the signals that allow the nervous system to walk and maintain balance in unprecedented detail."

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