From the Laboratory to the Reality of Daily Life
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Christian Kandlbauer, who lost both of his arms in a high voltage
accident, uses a unique development which until recently sounded almost like
science fiction: An arm prosthesis, the first of its kind in the world, which
he controls solely through the power of his mind.
In 2008 Otto Bock presented a prototype of the first mind controlled
prosthetic limb. Now the company presents the first mind controlled
prosthesis suitable for every day use. This unique development, Christian
Kandlbauer uses on the left side, enhanced his regained independence and
confidence enabling him not only to take up his original occupation but also
to make the journey to his place of work independently in his own car.
In cooperation with research partners in the
existing expertise of Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR) from
MD, PhD of the Rehabilitation Institute of
involves transferring of residual nerves to the pectoral muscle so that
signals coming from the brain are used to control the prosthesis.
As emphasized by Dr
weight down to 2.5 kg and the appearance of a natural arm was essential for
its use in every day life.
Under laboratory conditions and with the help of micro-sensors that have
been integrated into the index finger, Christian Kandlbauer is also able to
feel just like he did before the accident. However, this fascinating further
development will still take some time to perfect. Dr.
Bock HealthCare Products in
prosthesis to market in approximately four years.
More information: http://www.ottobock.com/press/tmr Contact: Otto Bock HealthCare Rudiger Herzog Max-Nader-Strasse 15 37115 Duderstadt Deutschland Telephone: +49-5527-848-1859 Fax: +49-5527-848-3360 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Homepage: http://www.ottobock.com
SOURCE Otto Bock HealthCare