DARPA’s New HAPTIX Program

DARPA has invested large amounts of money improving upper limb prosthetics. Some of the programs they funded to improve prosthetics were the Revolutionizing Prosthetics program and the DEKA Arm.

DARPA has recently started a new program called the Hand Proprioception and Touch Interfaces (HAPTIX) program. The program builds off the developments of the Revolutionizing Prosthetics program and the Reliable Neural-Interface Technology (RE-NET) program. The HAPTIX program specifically focuses on developing prosthetics with sensory feedback. According to DARPA’s website the program,

seeks to deliver those kinds of naturalistic sensations to amputees, and in the process, enable intuitive, dexterous control of advanced prosthetic devices that substitute for amputated limbs, provide the psychological benefit of improving prosthesis “embodiment,” and reduce phantom limb pain.

HAPTIX's Diagram of the Sensory Feedback System

HAPTIX’s Diagram of the Sensory Feedback System

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