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March 19, 2012

i-Limb Bionic Hand

Better all the Time has an article which has a video that shows the current effectiveness and quality of cybernetic limb replacement.

Touch Bionics is the company that makes the i-Limb ultra, which is more advanced than the i-Limb Pulse shown in the first video.

With the i-limb ultra, your prosthesis looks and moves more like a natural hand than any other powered prosthetic hand. Each finger moves independently and bends at the natural joints so that it can accurately adapt to fit around the shape of the object you want to grasp.

Powered by Touch Bionics' unique biosim software, the i-limb ultra is the most versatile prosthetic hand available, providing you with the ability to customize the hand for your daily needs.

Choose from a wide selection of automated grips and gestures to help you complete your daily tasks, such as index point for typing, precision pinch mode for gripping small objects or natural hand position for walking or while at rest.

Utilizing its pulsing and vari-grip features, the i-limb ultra is the only prosthetic hand with the ability to gradually increase the strength of its grip on an object. This can be very useful in situations where a firmer grasp is required, such as tying shoelaces tightly or holding a heavy bag more securely.

The i-limb ultra is based on the reliable design of our i-LIMB Pulse product, but with some new upgraded features.






New features at a glance

Patent-pending vari-grip mode, allowing variable digit-by-digit grip strength
Gesture selection allows users to create custom gestures
Upgraded biosim-i and biosim-pro control software, with powerful new features
Three new tripod grips for increased user flexibility
Auto grasp feature to prevent objects slipping
Hand automatically moves to a natural position after period of inactivity
Low battery warning audio signal
Two i-limb skin active coverings
One i-limb skin natural covering
Power management, extending daily battery usage by 25%
Dedicated clinical support for prosthetists and therapists
2-year standard warranty




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