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Touch Bionics i-limb is a prosthetic hand that can be controlled with your iPhone

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Touch Bionics i-limb is a prosthetic hand that can be controlled with your iPhone
Prosthetics have come a long way, and Touch Bionics has been on the forefront of "smart" prosthetics with its i-limb ultra series. The newest addition is the i-limb ultra revolution which Touch Bionics says "is the first upper limb prosthesis that can be controlled via a mobile application", although the mobile app is only available for the iPhone right now.

The iPhone app allows users to configure the prosthetic hand and trigger different movements and grips for the hand. The app, called biosim, comes with 24 different grimp patterns as well as diagnostic and training modes. The i-hand isn't only controlled through the app though, as with previous designs it also responds to muscle signals to move into different pre-set patterns. 

In addition to the app control, the i-limb also offers powered thumb rotation for better movement and grip. That's pretty amazing technology. Check it out in action in the video below.


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posted on 11 Apr 2013, 19:15

1. Lift_Off (Posts: 151; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


Technology is advancing too fast... good luck to all you students entering the tech field!

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 19:29 2

2. ocilfa (Posts: 329; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


The first thing ever to be innovative about an iPhone!

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 19:34 3

3. tedkord (Posts: 4305; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better...stronger...faster.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 21:06

4. darkkjedii (Posts: 10146; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Man Ted I used to love that show. I youtubed the episode where he fought Bigfoot. Remember that one? And I had the action figure with the lens on the back of his head that was a tiny binocular.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 21:37

5. akki20892 (Posts: 3279; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


ohh that's a robot

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 22:46 1

6. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5075; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Now this is what I call "INNOVATION", but not from Apple....... :P

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 11:49

7. Droiddoes (unregistered)


I would rather saw off my hand with a butter knife than use an inovelty

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 12:33

8. TheRetroReplay (Posts: 243; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


So a person loses one hand, gets a prosthetic hand that can be controlled with a phone that is held in their good hand...

Isn't that counter intuitive?

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