A bionic hand which has the ability to catch items, type on a keyboard, and adapt and learn from its previous experiences has been developed by scientists in the US.

The robotic hand, which is believed to be one of the most intelligent prosthetic hands in the world, has individual fingers and thumbs and mimics the movement of a human hand, has been developed by a team at the University of Washington.

As well as having the ability to perform dextrous movement, the robotic hand is able to learn new algorithms, and as a result becomes more adept by learning from its own experiences.

According to the scientists behind the robotic hand, the technology is unique in that it will not require tweaking at a later stage, since the hand can learn from its own movements.

The team aim to improve the hand so that it can understand how to manipulate unknown tasks.

Paul Brown, a senior serious injury solicitor at Thompsons Solicitors’ Newcastle office, said: “Over recent years we have seen a wide variety of prosthetics offering greater movement and dexterity for amputees.

“With the ability to learn according to its own experience, this new prosthesis is claimed to be one of the most intelligent forms of prosthesis yet, and is an exciting leap forward in prosthetic technology.

“While such advanced technology is yet to be made available to the mass market, we endeavour to ensure our clients are properly and fully compensated so that they can make necessary adaptations to their home, access the necessary support services and obtain the best prosthetics available to support them post-injury and long-term.”