RSLSteeper out of Kent, UK is planning to release in May a new prosthetic hand that brings new functionality and supposedly a more natural and personalized look. The BeBionic hand is fully articulated with preprogrammed grips and a powered wrist. We contacted RSLSteeper to get more details on the new hand and here’s their reply:
Initially, we are presenting our Bebionic adult sized, multi jointed hand and wrist, together with the associated control and power components and an advanced cosmetic skin.
To give you a bit more information about the range it includes an adult sized hand that is fully articulating and features 4 grip patterns (key grip, power grip, pinch grip and finger point). The hand is controlled in a similar way to other myo-electric hands currently available: A user operates their prosthesis using controlled muscle contraction. Electronics measure electrical changes on the skin covering the control muscles and command individual actuators in the hand to provide the desired movements. Integrated electronics monitor movement of the mechanical elements, ensuring that their motion is smooth and co-ordinated. Operation becomes instinctive once the user has been properly trained to optimise performance. In-house designed software will allow the hand to be customised to each individual user.
The range will also include the world’s first powered wrist combining 135 degrees rotation and 35 degrees of both flexion/extension and an advanced silicone skin which will be available in 19 colours with excellent definition and custom fitted nails.
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