Groundbreaking innovations in prosthetics fit for regular use

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Archaeologists have found the mummified body of a noble woman in Egypt whose toes were prosthetic. Despite thousands of years of decay, the prosthetic toe made from wood and metal is recognizable. The Greek and Roman warriors also used prosthetic limbs. After amputation of limbs by medical procedure or accident, prosthetic limbs are used to help the patients survive and lead a normal life.

 Dana Bedeen’s prosthetic designs

From the ancient age until now, the basic prosthetic technology has changed little. Prosthetic body parts are a necessity and the scope for development is immense. Researchers have realized the importance of prosthetic body parts and designed some amazingly flexible and futuristic prosthetic parts suitable for us. These new age prosthetic body parts are far more reliable and flexible. They give back the capability of powerful and normal movements to motion impaired people. In the following six of the most intriguing and beneficial prosthetic innovations have been listed.

 + One prosthetic fingers

+ One prosthetic fingers

Losing a finger through amputation can be a very stressful experience. The patient is incapable of using the hand as flexibly as before. Prosthetic Fingers can easily solve this problem by giving back the capacity of finger movements. A Singapore based industrial designer, Eason Chow, has created +One Prosthetic Fingers which is cost effective and customizable.

Generally, prosthetic fingers are very expensive and out of the reach of ordinary middle class people, a problem that Eason hopes to solve with this design. First, the 3D image of the finger similar in structure and position to the amputee finger is taken. After that, a mold is made and CAD technology is used for making the finger functional. The exterior of the prosthetic finger is made with dragon skin silicon for greater flexibility and enhanced functionality.

 Dana Bedeen’s prosthetic designs1

Dana Bedeen’s prosthetic designs

The intelligent and creative Dana Bedeen has found a super innovative way of using prosthetic designs for amputees. She firmly believes that prosthetic designs need not be similar to the biological organs. They should be made according to the needs of the individual.

She makes the basic form of the prosthetic concepts using sturdy polycarbonate that is impact resistant. She takes this to the home of the patient and takes a cast of the undamaged hand. This cast is then used as mold for the prosthetic limb. Oven or heat gun is used for giving it shape. Each of her creations costs around just $25.

 Prosthesis by designers Lukas Pressler and Nico Strobl _2

Prosthesis

The high tech Prosthesis is a prosthetic hand designed by Lukas Pressler and Nico Strobl. The prosthetic limb is ideal for people whose entire hands have been removed. It is capable of a lot more than just the basic functions of a biological hand. Myoelectric sensoring makes this device capable of flexible movements. The other helpful gadgets integrated in this prosthetic hand are camera, flashlight, USB stick for transferring data, phone, bottle opener, and screwdriver.

 Adidas Impetus

Adidas Impetus

Amputated people deserve the happiness of playing sports like soccer, as much as people with normal biological limbs do. Keeping this in mind, designer Aurelien Dantin has designed Adidas Impetus. He has considered the movements of the feet minutely and designed a sturdy prosthetic foot that is capable of absorbing the shocks when the feet touches ground and supports the entire body weight when players move around. The concept envisions 3D printed titanium as the material for making the supportive and motion assistance parts.

 Sense of touch in prosthetic limbs

Sense of touch in prosthetic limbs

After many months of hard work and experimentation, the sense of touch was integrated in a prosthetic arm. The Revolutionizing Prosthetics is a project under the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA). The researchers have performed several tests on monkeys to test the functionalities of the prosthetic hands. They have incorporated electrode arrays that work with our nervous system to make the prosthetic hands capable of sensing touch.

 3D printed prosthetic hand

3D printed prosthetic hand

YouBionic is working to develop prosthetic hands using the 3D printing technique. The first prototype that they have designed uses electrical controllers for flexible movements. They have used selective laser sintering or SLS technique for this purpose. The main objective is to help amputated people with the use of 3D printing in prosthetics so that they can use prosthetic hands at lower prices.

Industrial designers and researchers are coming up with innovative prosthetic hand design. The new age prosthetic limbs are capable of lot more than basic tasks, and often come at a lower price.