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A Bidirectional MyoKinetic Implanted Interface for Natural Control of Artificial Limbs

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Project "MYKI" data sheet

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Organization address
city: PISA
postcode: 56127

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙475˙269 €
 EC max contribution 1˙475˙269 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-09-01   to  2021-08-31


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 Project objective

MYKI aims at developing and clinically evaluating a dexterous hand prosthesis with tactile sensing which is naturally controlled and perceived by the amputee. This will be possible by overcoming the conventional approaches based on recording electrical signals from the peripheral nervous system (nerves or skeletal muscles) through the development of a radically new Human-Machine Interface (HMI) based on magnetic field principles, both able to decode voluntary motor commands and to convey sensory feedback to the individual. Core of this system is a multitude of magnets implanted in independent muscles and external magnetic readers/drivers (MRDs) able to (i) continuously localize the movements of the magnets and, at specific times, (ii) induce subtle movements in specific magnets. In fact, as a magnet is implanted it will travel with the muscle it is located in, and its localization will provide a direct measure of the contraction/elongation of that muscle, which is voluntarily controlled by the central nervous system. In this way it will be possible to decode the efferent signals sent by the brain by observing a by-product of the muscle fibres recruitment. On the other hand, a movement induced in the implanted magnet by the external MRD, could provide a perceivable stimulus, conveyed to the brain by means of the peripheral sensory receptors present in the muscle (e.g. muscle spindles or Golgi tendon organ) or in the neighbouring skin (tactile mechanoreceptors). In this way we aim to provide tactile and/or proprioceptive sensory information to the brain, thus restoring the physiological sensorimotor control loop. Remarkably, with passive magnetic tags (that do not require to be powered-on) and wearable readers/drivers, it will be possible to implement a wireless, bidirectional HMI with dramatically enhanced capabilities with respect to the state of the art interfaces, as illustrated in this proposal.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Sergio Tarantino, Francesco Clemente, Antonio De Simone, Christian Cipriani
Feasibility of tracking multiple implanted magnets with a myokinetic control interface: simulation and experimental evidence based on the point dipole model
published pages: 1-1, ISSN: 0018-9294, DOI: 10.1109/tbme.2019.2935229
IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering 2019-11-07
2019 Francesco Clemente, Valerio Ianniciello, Marta Gherardini, Christian Cipriani
Development of an Embedded Myokinetic Prosthetic Hand Controller
published pages: 3137, ISSN: 1424-8220, DOI: 10.3390/s19143137
Sensors 19/14 2019-09-02
2017 S. Tarantino, F. Clemente, D. Barone, M. Controzzi, C. Cipriani
The myokinetic control interface: tracking implanted magnets as a means for prosthetic control
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-17464-1
Scientific Reports 7/1 2019-06-19
2018 Mohamed Aboseria, Francesco Clemente, Leonard F. Engels, Christian Cipriani
Discrete Vibro-Tactile Feedback Prevents Object Slippage in Hand Prostheses More Intuitively Than Other Modalities
published pages: 1577-1584, ISSN: 1534-4320, DOI: 10.1109/tnsre.2018.2851617
IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering 26/8 2019-06-06
2018 Gunter Kanitz, Christian Cipriani, Benoni B. Edin
Classification of Transient Myoelectric Signals for the Control of Multi-Grasp Hand Prostheses
published pages: 1756-1764, ISSN: 1534-4320, DOI: 10.1109/tnsre.2018.2861465
IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering 26/9 2019-06-06
2019 F. Cini, V. Ortenzi, P. Corke, M. Controzzi
On the choice of grasp type and location when handing over an object
published pages: eaau9757, ISSN: 2470-9476, DOI: 10.1126/scirobotics.aau9757
Science Robotics 4/27 2019-06-06
2018 Marco Controzzi, Harmeet Singh, Francesca Cini, Torquato Cecchini, Alan Wing, Christian Cipriani
Humans adjust their grip force when passing an object according to the observed speed of the partner’s reaching out movement
published pages: 3363-3377, ISSN: 0014-4819, DOI: 10.1007/s00221-018-5381-5
Experimental Brain Research 236/12 2019-06-06
2018 Gunter Kanitz, Federico Montagnani, Marco Controzzi, Christian Cipriani
Compliant Prosthetic Wrists Entail More Natural Use Than Stiff Wrists During Reaching, Not (Necessarily) During Manipulation
published pages: 1407-1413, ISSN: 1534-4320, DOI: 10.1109/tnsre.2018.2847565
IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering 26/7 2019-06-06
2019 Francesca Ferrari, Francesco Clemente, Christian Cipriani
The preload force affects the perception threshold of muscle vibration-induced movement illusions
published pages: 111-120, ISSN: 0014-4819, DOI: 10.1007/s00221-018-5402-4
Experimental Brain Research 237/1 2019-06-06
2018 Ahmed W. Shehata, Leonard F. Engels, Marco Controzzi, Christian Cipriani, Erik J. Scheme, Jonathon W. Sensinger
Improving internal model strength and performance of prosthetic hands using augmented feedback
published pages: , ISSN: 1743-0003, DOI: 10.1186/s12984-018-0417-4
Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 15/1 2019-05-27
2019 V. Ortenzi, M. Controzzi, F. Cini, J. Leitner, M. Bianchi, M. A. Roa, P. Corke
Robotic manipulation and the role of the task in the metric of success
published pages: 340-346, ISSN: 2522-5839, DOI: 10.1038/s42256-019-0078-4
Nature Machine Intelligence 1/8 2019-08-29

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