Touch Bionics of Livingston launches latest addition to i-limb
Touch Bionics of Livingston has launched the latest version of its flagship artificial hand, with new innovations to benefit more of the estimated 1.2 million amputees around the world who have lost one or more of their fingers.
New additions to the “i-limb digits” line include shorter, lighter fingers aimed at providing enhanced performance. The company has also introduced a wrist-band unit to control the prosthetic.
Chief executive Ian Stevens explained: “The new finger development enables i-limb digits prostheses to be made smaller, lighter and more anatomically accurate, and therefore suitable for a wider population, such as those with smaller hands, or whose amputations are closer to the base of the fingers.
“The wrist-band unit provides the ability to build an i-limb digits prosthesis that has full wrist mobility and with easily interchangeable and rechargeable batteries.”
A spin-out from the NHS, Touch Bionics was the first company to develop an electronic prosthetic hand with five independently-powered fingers and ore than 500 people have now been fitted with the technology, which was launched in 2009.
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