Touch Bionics has announced the launch of the i-LIMB Pulse, an improved version of the i-LIMB Hand, a device we have covered before. Improvements include pulsing grip strength, software-enabled grip patterns and a new aluminum chassis for improved strength. The pulsing grip, from which the device derives its name, enables the user to apply more grip force, which makes tactile functions like tying shoelaces much easier. A Bluetooth-enabled software package called BioSim is included, and it allows users to alter the grip patterns, digit-postures and other settings. The software also registers usage patterns. The hand is available starting in June in two sizes.
“The i-LIMB Pulse is a very exciting technology development, particularly for someone like myself, who is looking to get back to a level of duty in the fire service,” said Ian Reid, a firefighter from Thurso in Scotland, who lost his right hand in a tragic holiday bus crash in 2003, and the first person to be fitted with an i-LIMB Pulse. “The pulsing effect, increased robustness and range of grip features will hopefully give me the increased level of function I’m looking for.”