iLimb

iLimb is an $18K prosthetic hand with realistic appearance and capabilities. Touch Bionics, the firm producing the iLimb says the i-LIMB Hand and patient interact in a symbiotic way. This is an example of how as other entries in the Meshverse Journal on Prosthetics have noted, a population of humans who aren’t strictly biological will emerge. Naturally, there are videos and bloggers commenting

“They tell you to try and think as if you have two hands,” McKillop told the Telegraph newspaper.

“It is a real learning curve, and every day it gets easier. I was amazed how much I could do within the first hour of trying it.”

National Geographic

“I can pick up a Styrofoam cup without crushing it,” said Sgt. Arredondo. “With my other myoelectric hand, I would really have to concentrate on how much pressure I was putting on the cup. The i-LIMB hand does things naturally. I can just grab the cup like a regular person.”

Gizmodo(lots of good pictures here)

The iLimb also boasts a range of different grips and configurations, and can rotate about the wrist axis. This allows a user to turn a key in a lock, pick up or manipulate objects between thumb and index or middle finger, or type (though only with the index finger). The extended index finger option is also useful for pointing, seemingly, and an “OK” sign is also achievable. There was no mention of any option to extend the middle finger alone or first two fingers simultaneously – which would seem an obvious necessity.

Touch also offers realistic skin coverings, making the iLimb appear much like a normal hand. They note, however, that this option isn’t universally popular. “Some patients, mainly military personnel, particularly love the robotic nature of the uncovered iLimb Hand and prefer not to wear it with a cosmesis glove,” says the company. This isn’t recommended, however, for practical reasons: but Touch has done its best for those wishing to show off their cyborg chic: “Because of the need to provide a grip surface and to protect the hand from dust and water, Touch Bionics has developed the iLimb Skin. This is a thin layer of semi-transparent material.”

Odd Culture(emphasis mine)

See also Man’s bionic limb moves by thought control

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  1. […] mentions something called BrainGate which the FDA has recently approved for clinical trials. Like iLimb that was noted here previously, this is yet another step in the process of people being able to […]

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