31-year-old Zac Vawter lost his leg in a motorcycle accident back in 2009 and wasn't quite satisfied with the responsiveness of his prosthetic (he refers to it as his "dumb" leg). So Vawter, a software engineer from Washington state, signed up to be a research subject for a promising new leg that is controlled by thought.
Robots can do some amazing things, such as playing basketball, but what they can't do is feel the objects they touch. Until now. It might seem like a small point — robots are, after all, non-sentient — but for anyone who has a prosthetic arm, being able to sense texture could lead to greater grip and usability.
Not everybody can afford a prosthetic arm. Most people can't. It's a good thing Lego are so versatile. Now you can build your own!
There are a lot of downsides to losing a hand/arm, but one of the upsides is that your replacement arm can be tweaked with a lot more creativity than your original, fleshy version. Just take Trevor Prideaux, who now has a smartphone dock built into his forearm.
Researchers at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee have paired both a powered knee and ankle, working in tandem, to create a bionic limb that is just about as good as the original. It's the first prosthetic limb to use said motorized joints in conjunction, and the results are impressive to see in motion.
14-year-old Matthew James wrote to the head of Mercedes' F1 team asking them for $57,000 for a bionic hand. It was kind of a joke when he sent it off, but the hand they made him in response certainly isn't; it's the most advanced prosthetic hand in the world.
As DVICE readers already know, 3D printing technology can do some amazing things. Now, the medical community is looking to add another trick to that repertoire: printing skin and body parts.
Seriously, if you told me to imagine what an artificial limb would look like back in Victorian England, my mind would waver between a peg-arm and a something steampunk. Yet here's this insanely awesome arm from the late 1800s, and...
For the current crop of state-of-the-art prosthetic arms, you have to control the fingers and finer movements with your feet. It takes a lot of getting used to and is completely unlike using a normal arm. But a new model...
The BeBionic hand looks to be one of the most advanced artificial hands yet designed. It's loaded up with "a fully integrated wireless chip [and] fully customizable functions to control speed, grip force, and grip patterns." It's able to be wrapped in a silicone skin that comes in 19 different skin tones, allowing it to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your body. And it's set to be available for people next month.