Prosthetics

  • The Dextrus Robotic Hand Wants To Make Advanced Prosthetics 100X Cheaper Via 3D Printing

    The Dextrus Robotic Hand Wants To Make Advanced Prosthetics 100X Cheaper Via 3D Printing

    The Dextrus hand is the working prototype resulting from Joel Gibbard's Open Hand Project, an open source hardware initiative that aims to lower the cost of robotic prosthetics dramatically. Dextrus is a fully-functional robotic hand, with features and capabilities similar to leading advanced prosthetics, but at a small fraction of the cost. Read More

  • I, for one, welcome our new prosthetic robot arms

    I, for one, welcome our new prosthetic robot arms

    The Department of Veterans Affairs is testing a fancy new prosthetic arm developed in conjunction with DARPA, the folks that brought us the Internet, and Deka Research, founded by Dean Kamen, creator of the Segway. Unlike a traditional rigid plastic arm, or God forbid a metal hook, the Luke Arm -- a reference to Luke Skywalker's artificial hand from Empire Strikes Back -- allows the wearer to… Read More

  • Real-world mermaid created by WETA Workshop

    Real-world mermaid created by WETA Workshop

    WETA Workshop, creators of almost everything seen in the Lord of the Rings films, have brought movie magic to real life with the creation of a prosthetic mermaid tail for a double amputee in Auckland, New Zealand. Nadya Vessey, who lost both her legs below the knee as a child, asked WETA for the tail two years ago. Recently her wish came true. Read More

  • My Prosthetic Lung

    My Prosthetic Lung

    Welsh company Haemair's prosthetic lung just won UK Institution of Chemical Engineers' Stopford Projects Award for Bioprocess Innovation. Normally, when a patient's lungs don't function, the patient is put on an ECMO system, an external machine that functions like a lung. The problem with these machines is that they are pretty bulky. Haemair has made a system that is much smaller and can be worn… Read More

  • Woman wants to replace her glass eye with a webcam

    Woman wants to replace her glass eye with a webcam

    Or something like that. This little news item is far more homegrown and far less momentous than the bionic eye we posted about some time ago, but that doesn’t make it any less interesting. For one thing, the goal is different: this woman doesn’t want sight returned to her missing eye, she just wants to be able to take pictures out of it — which makes things a hell of a lot… Read More

  • News from the future: Bionic lady undergoes nerve-remapping treatment

    News from the future: Bionic lady undergoes nerve-remapping treatment

    There’s really no way to describe this story without making it sound like it’s from the future. This lady, who has one of the world’s most advanced bionic arms after losing one in a motorcycle accident, has begun feeling her missing arm again. This is nothing new in itself; phantom limb pain is an established phenomenon as old as amputation. However, this case is different: she… Read More

  • Telekinetic monkeys and revolutionary prehensile prosthetics

    http://services.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/452319854 The brain-machine interface is one of the next major steps in technology. I had the privilege to study Neuroscience at UCLA and can say with certainty that we’re nowhere near a practical application for a number of reasons, but the amount of brainpower being devoted to the subject is so great that we’re making great… Read More

  • Shake hands with the i-LIMB

    Shake hands with the i-LIMB

    A new prosthetic hand is being tested in Germany right now that has individual movable fingers that are nimble enough to type on a keyboard. It’s also sensitive enough to pressure that one using it can pick up a styrofoam cup without crushing it, something not possible before. It’s still in the prototype stage, but the company behind the hand, Touch Bionics, is now looking for a… Read More