The 21st Show

Prosthetic technology has come a long way – helping amputees regain a sense of touch

Garrett Anderson, a retired army sergeant, with his daughter.

Garrett Anderson, a retired army sergeant, with his daughter. Courtesy of PSYONIC

Prosthetic limb technology has advanced quite a bit over the past decade. One of the biggest developments has been helping people who've lost a limb experience the sense of touch again.

But prosthetic devices can be extremely expensive, which puts them out of reach for many people. One company that has its roots in central Illinois is working to change that. PSYONIC has created a bionic hand that could be both smarter and cheaper than other prosthetics on the market.

We talk with Dr. Aadeel Akhtar about what compelled him to create PSYONIC, how the technology works, and about his recent appearance on "Shark Tank."

We also speak with Garrett Anderson about what it's like to use the PSYONIC hand and how regaining a sense of touch in his lost limb has affected his life.


Dr. Aadeel Akhtar

CEO & Founder of PSYONIC 

Garrett Anderson

Retired Army Sergeant and one of the first people to use PSYONIC's prosthetic hand