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Bionic hand ‘sees and grabs’ objects automatically

A bionic hand that “sees” objects and instantly decides what kind of grip to adopt has been developed by scientists. A computer uses a camera to assess an object’s shape and size to then trigger the correct movement to pick it up. The technology was developed at Newcastle University and has been trialled by a small number of amputees. Dr Kianoush Nazarpour, a senior lecturer in biomedical engineering at the university, said the bionic hand can “respond automatically”. ‘Intuitive hand’ The device could spark a new generation of prosthetic limbs…

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Get a Grip on High Blood Pressure: This Simple Hand Exercise Can Help

Image credit: Istock You probably know that high blood pressure, or hypertension, is a major risk factor for heart attack, stroke, vision problems, even dementia. But did you know this? Hand-grip exercises – squeezing one of those V-shape devices with a resistance spring – can lower your blood pressure by about 10 percent. That’s one of the “15 Things You Better Know About Your Blood Pressure” that AARP reports in the June issue of its Bulletin publication and at aarp.org. It cites a “landmark” paper published in 2013 in Hypertension,…

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