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mercoledì, aprile 23rd, 2008

Fluidhand emerges, i-LIMB hides in shames

da Engadget di Paul Miller

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After launching its world-beating i-LIMB prosthetic hand last year, Touch Bionics is taking things in a different direction with
feeling some competition from the "Fluidhand." The new hand uses
miniature hydraulics to flex the fingers, and can better interact with
objects — like grasping things with irregular surfaces — than the
five motor i-LIMB. Fludihand is also designed to have a more natural
feel than previous prosthetics, and gives feedback to the stump to let
the user sense the strength of the grip. Currently Fluidhand is just in
the prototype stage, with one patient so far testing both prosthetics
against each other in a battle to the death.

Update: Sorry for the confusion, Fluidhand was built by a some researchers in Karlsruhe, Germany, not by Touch Bionics.
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