A father and son team named Peter Binkley and Peregrine Hawthorn have worked together to create a prosthetic hand for Hawthorn to use. The hand is called the Talon Hand 2.0 and was built on a Solidoodle 3D printer. We talked about the Solidoodle 3D printer when it launched back in 2012.
Researchers around the world are working to create more lifelike prosthetic hands and other limbs for amputees. Prosthetic hands have been around for years in multiple forms, typically nothing more than a plastic hand or hook that gives the user rudimentary functionality if any at all.
Mister Trevor Prideaux, a British man born without an arm on the left side of his body, now has what we're pretty sure is the world's first prosthetic limb with a built-in smartphone dock. Not only that, but he's using the cool Nokia C7, a device that not only Chris Davies reviewed here on SlashGear, your humble narrator Chris Burns wrote a review for the USA side of things as well. Now one of these magical little devices sits in the hardened arm of a Brit - hows that for taking your "handicap" and making it work in your favor. Plain old human arm not looking so good to you now, is it?
There have been great advances in the use of prosthetic limbs, making them lighter, more comfortable, and easier to move. Scientists at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's Center for Bionic Medicine are working on a project to create a robotic prosthesis that would be controlled by the person's own nervous system, and powered so that it can move on its own.
Most prosthetic limb replacements focus on returning regular movements to those who need them. Prosthetic legs move in a natural way, or as best as they can, while prosthetic arms usually have a regular five-fingered hand at the end, helping those who have lost a limb use their artificial ligament in a more natural fashion. But, when a student is asked to "push the boundaries" of upper-limb prosthetic design, you shouldn't expect to find a design you'd find in the box.
There are untold numbers of people around the world who have lost the use of their limbs from accident or illness that have new hope of being able to use the limb again thanks to some cool research at SMU. A researcher named Marc Christensen has developed a new fiber optic nerve system that may one day allow for a functional link between the brain and an advanced prosthetic limb.
Most people that loose a limb end up with a ridged prosthetic that doesn't allow the person any grip or use of the limb. Losing a hand means a huge change in the lifestyle of the person with things that used to take no thought becoming serious issues such as tying shoes or putting on a belt.
A team at Vanderbilt University has been hard at work and has come up with a prosthetic arm whose characteristics are far closer to that of an actual human arm than anything else so far. The weight is pretty close to the same and its capacity for lifting and other tasks is pretty on par too.
I guess the biggest problem with battery powered arms was that in order for the arm to be able to lift anything it required a huge battery causing for a significant increase in weight making the bionic arm feel even more alien. This rocket-fuelled/steam-powered arm solves that problem by creating enough power on the fly to lift stuff and still managing to keep it all in a compact package.
Supposing you’ve had several fingers chopped off in the recent past and you understand how to operate a scissors, Robohand may well have a solution for you. The company began with a fellow by the name of Richard van As, a fellow who lost his fingers in a carpentry accident in 2011. Searching for the past several years for a solution to his problem, as a good carpenter never gives up, he discovered a future partner with whom he’d eventually found Robohand.
Google's Project Ara modular smartphone could well end up a real-life Tricorder of sorts, with medical uses for the customizable handset now on the agenda for the first Ara developers conference. Exactly which modules Google will offer for Ara - magnetically snapping into place on an underlying backplane - has not been detailed, though a new speaker addition to the inaugural developer event from MIT suggests it could be more than just extra batteries and different cameras.