Phantom Limb is a beautifully crafted short film written, directed and animated by Alex Grigg. "In the aftermath of an accident a young couple learn to deal with phantom pains," the description reads. It's a sad little tale selected for the Sundance Film Festival that is worth four minutes of your life.
Okay, so you know your hand? Five fingers. Assorted grasping and carrying shenanigans. Right. So it turns out that your brain is constantly using sensory information to check in and make sure it still knows what's your hand and what's not. And it can be fooled.
Approximately 70 percent of amputees struggle with psychosomatically-induced chronic pain in their missing appendage, known as Phantom Limb Syndrome. This has traditionally been treated with Mirror Therapy but with only mixed success. A new system utilizing a Kinect and VR goggles could help bring patients some much…