According to a story released this week on the BBC, a highly functional new bionic hand, invented by a Scottish social security worker, has hit the market. The inventor's name is David Gow and it was designed and built by Touch Bionics, a Livingston company.
In this bionic hand, the thumb and other fingers can move and grasp things just like in a human hand, being controlled by the mind and muscles of the patient.
Numerous people have tried this technology, including some of the American soldiers who lost limbs in combat.
According to Gow, Director of Rehabilitation Engineering Services at the Lothian Social Security Center: "This is the first hand to come onto the market with fingers that actually bend like a human hand."
Donald MacKillop of Kilmarnock, a retired welder who lost his right hand in an industrial accident nearly 30 years ago, was one of the first people to try his hand in 2006. Since then, he has tried a succession of artificial hands, but none came close. to the latest version.
“The most important thing is the movement of the fingers; that's what really makes a difference, ”he says.
Stuart Mead, President of Touch Bionics, said, "We are delighted to be the company that is bringing bionic hand technology to the real world, leading a generational advance in bionic technology and patient care."
The hand was tested at the National Center for Prosthetics at the University of Strathclyde.
Gow, who works at a new state-of-the-art center at Astley Ainsley Hospital in Edinburgh, expects the bionic hand to be available in the health service within two to five years.
Source: BBC News
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