Hi, I'm Dr. Steven Hausman of Hausman Technology Keynotes, and I will be speaking with you about robotic prosthetics. A prosthesis is simply a device that replaces a missing or diseased part of the body. These might include arms, legs or eyes. Historically prosthesis were just attached to the missing part of the body, usually with straps in the case of an arm, or by suction for a leg. They had very little capability that matched the original limb. The prosthetic hand for example might only be cosmetic. It could not grasp or pick up anything. In contrast, the robotic hands developed in recent years have fully functional movable fingers that can grasp items and are capable of performing activities of daily living like picking up a coffee cup, turning a key in a lock, or folding laundry. Scientists are currently working on a next generation of robotic hands that would have the capability of perception, that is they would be able to sense how much force is being applied to the object being picked up, or how hot an object is. In the long term, it would be possible for the artificial hand to be connected directly to the nervous system so that the limb can be controlled simply by thinking about the action that is to be performed.