Touch Bionics, developer of upper-limb bionic technologies, has announced the launch of the i-LIMB Pulse, a new version of the i-LIMB Hand, which the company descibes as the world’s first commercially available bionic hand. The i-LIMB Pulse offers a variety of enhancements, including pulsing grip strength, software-enabled grip patterns and robust aluminium features for improved strength.
To be previewed at next week’s ISPO World Congress and Orthopädie + Reha-Technik tradeshow in Leipzig, Germany, the i-LIMB Pulse joins a family of products that has been fitted to more than 1200 patients worldwide. The i-LIMB Pulse is offered in addition to the existing i-LIMB Hand, and both products are available to customers depending on the patients’ preferences.
The i-LIMB Pulse is so called because it uses Touch Bionics’ patented pulsing technology to provide increasing and controllable grip strength. When the i-LIMB Pulse closes on an object, the user has the option to use the pulsing feature to apply significant additional grip force, allowing the device to grasp an object more tightly. These high-frequency electronic pulses are very important in everyday activities for users, such as tying shoelaces or doing-up a belt.