The developed technology connects the portable bionic hand with a computer that translates information from artificial fingers into a language that the brain can understand and these signals are then sent back to the body via electrodes.
The researchers found that the patient was able to distinguish a hard, soft or medium object by "touch" in 78 percent of cases. In 88 percent of the cases, he could correctly describe the size and shape of specific objects, such as a baseball, a glass and a mandarin.
One of the technology development team of sees the potential of the technology far beyond the current possibilities. He said: "Once we learn how to control a robotic prosthesis with our brains, we need to think about creating a prosthesis that will make more complex movements than a hand with five fingers."