Touch Bionics unveils the new i-LIMB Pulse
The prosthetic hand that pioneered the bionic industry gets an upgrade
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To be previewed at next week’s ISPO World Congress and ORTHOPADIE + REHA-TECHNIK tradeshow in
“Having experienced over three years in the market with the i-LIMB Hand, we have gathered unparalleled insight into the needs and requirements of users of upper extremity prosthetic devices” said
The i-LIMB Pulse is so called because it utilises Touch Bionics’ patented pulsing technology to provide increasing and controllable grip strength. When the i-LIMB Pulse closes on an object, the user has the option to use the pulsing feature to apply significant additional grip force, allowing the device to grasp an object more tightly. These high-frequency electronic pulses are very important in everyday activities for users, such as tying shoelaces or doing-up a belt.
With an aluminium chassis, the i-LIMB Pulse’s robust design features make it Touch Bionics’ toughest prosthetic device yet, capable of carrying a load of up to 90kg.
“The i-LIMB Pulse is a very exciting technology development, particularly for someone like myself, who is looking to get back to a level of duty in the fire service,” said
With a range of automated features that allow various combinations of grip patterns and other digit-postures to be activated by the user, the i-LIMB Pulse offers an unparalleled degree of flexibility to its users. Patterns like index point, precision pinch, lateral key grip and three jaw chuck (tripod) are all now easily activated in a single action by the user.
Key to the i-LIMB Pulse is BioSim, Touch Bionics’ new Bluetooth-enabled software that allows prosthetists and, for the first time ever, users (using MyBioSim) to select the features and control strategies that work best for them.
For prosthetists, BioSim is a complete software toolset that allows clinical practitioners to customise the i-LIMB Pulse to the specific needs of the user. It allows real-time assessment of users’ myoelectric impulses with the ability to adjust gain and threshold settings, select different control strategies, and enable or disable features and grips, including the pulsing effect.
BioSim also provides statistical analysis and documentation of the device wearer’s usage patterns, a feature designed to improve patient outcomes and training.
The i-LIMB Pulse begins shipping on
About Touch Bionics
Touch Bionics is a leading developer of advanced upper-limb prosthetics. In late 2009, Touch Bionics brought to market ProDigits, the world’s first bionic fingers for partial hand amputees. This revolutionary product followed the 2007 launch of the i-LIMB Hand, a first-to-market prosthetic device with five individually powered digits. The acquisition of LIVINGSKIN in 2008 enabled the company to apply its commercial and technical expertise into new cosmesis solutions for multi-articulating hands and digits. Touch Bionics continues to develop leading-edge technologies for the treatment of patients with upper-limb deficiencies. For more information, visit www.touchbionics.com.
SOURCE Touch Bionics