August 25, 2011 weblog
Hand prosthetic gives teen new independence
The company has enhanced its technologies to the point of enabling prosthetic fingers to grip narrow objects, referred to as the credit card grip, and power hold motions for wider objects like coffee mugs.
The bionic hand that has helped her experience such milestones cost approximately £38,000 ($54,700). An older, and far less expensive, generation of artificial hands have enabled people with hand amputations to open and close their hands; a newer generation of myoelectric prostheses enable the manipulation of fingers for greater hand independence. Touch Bionics has since 2007 been turning corners in myoelectric prostheses with enhancements that showcase how far the technology has come.
The company's BioSim software allows medical practitioners to observe patients' myoelectric impulses and to deploy control options and features.
Touch Bionics has a family of prosthetic products: i-LIMB Pulse, for advanced activity needs, the i-LIMB hand, and ProDigits for partial hand absence.
The i-LIMB hand, with its five individually powered digits, won the 2008 Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award. It's a prestigious prize in the UK, awarded for innovations in engineering.
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