The advancements made in prosthetics over the years has been remarkable, but Touch Bionics’ latest creation may very well be the most advanced prosthetic we’ve ever seen to date.
Touch Bionics’ i-limb already received such notable improvements as Bluetooth connectivity and upgraded fingers, but today the company is announcing it now offers a powered thumb rotation which adds some dexterity to the prosthetic. That’s not all as the i-limb also has an “bioism” iOS application that can give the wearer access to 24 different grip patterns, as well as included diagnostic and training modes.
Smartphone control isn’t the only way the i-limb’s users can interact with it as it also relies on muscle signals in order to shift itself into pre-set patterns, allowing the wearer to perform a number of actions as a result. Considering how advanced Touch Bionics’ i-limb has become over the years, we wouldn’t be surprised if next year they introduce a way to make and receive phone calls just by using the prosthetic’s thumb and index finger.