The DeTOP project
Prensilia is part of the DeTOP project. DeTOP (Dexterous Transradial Osseointegrated prosthesis with neural control and sensory feedback) is a research project funded under the Horizon 2020 EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, coordinated by the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.
DeTOP addresses the scientific, technological and clinical problem of recovery of hand function after amputation. It aims to develop and clinically implement robotic, sensing and long-term interfacing technologies for the next-generation transradial prosthesis. Core of the system is the osseointegrated human-machine gateway (OHMG), a bone-anchoring technique developed at the University of Gothenburg, able to create bidirectional links between the human and the robotic prosthesis (see picture above). Key objective of DeTOP is to translate, exploit and appraise already proven technology for transhumeral amputation to the most frequent case of transradial amputation.
The goal of the DeTOP project is to push the boundaries of this technology –made in Europe– to the next TRL and to make it clinically available to the largest population of upper limb amputees. This objective will be targeted by developing a novel prosthetic hand with improved functionality, smart mechatronic devices for safe implantable technology, and by studying and assessing paradigms for natural control (action) and sensory feedback (perception) of the prosthesis through the implant. The novel technologies and findings will be assessed by three selected patients, implanted in a clinical center.