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BY-NC-ND 4.0 license Open Access Published by De Gruyter September 7, 2017

Implantable electronics of a closed-loop system for controlling prosthetic hands

  • Antonios Nikas EMAIL logo , Alfred Holzberger , Leonhard Klein , Johann Hauer , Matthias Voelker , Roman Ruff and Klaus-Peter Hoffmann


This paper presents the design of implantable electronics as a part of a system for prosthetic hand control. Purpose of the implant is the sensing of electrical signals originating from biological tissue and the actuation of the same, therefore closing the loop and allowing for an improved control of the prosthetic hand. The implant contains two integrated circuits for eight channel EMG monitoring and four channel stimulation, respectively. An on-board microcontroller allows for local pre-processing. All intracorporeal to extracorporeal communications are running through and are directed by the main processing platform. The external components of the control system include, in addition to the main processing and control platform, the inductive power transfer circuits and the pressure sensors for the sensory feedback. Different assembly and encapsulation options are taken into account for the implantable electronics and are unified in a single PCB design.

Published Online: 2017-09-07

©2017 Antonios Nikas et al., published by De Gruyter

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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