Remarkable scientific achievements are happening everywhere these days, including medicine. Prosthetics is now using sophisticated mechanical engineering to help people who have lost limbs.
And now, scientists have created the world’s first bionic hand. It’s the finest hand prosthetic ever made and the first that truly replaces most of the functionality of the human hand.
Getting a Grip on a Problem
Prosthetic hands have come a long way over the years, but until recently, they were still poor replacements for the human hand. But with the new bionic hand, many of the former limitations of prosthetic hands are gone.
For starters, the world’s first bionic hand is strong – able to hoist weights of up to 99 pounds. The bionic hand also features greater finger sensitivity, thanks to its use of powerful magnets.
Another thing the bebionic hand has going for it is versatility. It features up to eight grip positions; the wearer of the hand just scrolls through the available grips (just like when using any other menu system), until they find the desired hand motion.
The Hand with the Race Car Construction
The hand’s construction is sleek and light, like a race car. In fact, Formula One technology made it possible. To keep it lightweight, the hand is part aluminum and part polymers, with a very reasonable weight of 14 ounces.
The hand is a modern marvel, recalling Tony Stark’s robotic limbs as Iron Man. It features a variety of sensors that detect different muscle movements and scale finger motion accordingly. The bionic hand was created by Steeper, a London manufacturer that has been producing prosthetics for more than 90 years.
Robots to the Rescue
Modern prosthetics contain complex robotics in their design, in ways past generations could not have imagined.
Robotics is reshaping most industries and activities, and it’s a safe bet that robotics and engineering will continue to play an increasingly important part in the global workplace of the future.
Kids and teens who excel in robotics can use it as a springboard to launch a successful career in science or engineering.
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