From the Laboratory to the Reality of Daily Life

August 30, 2010

DUDERSTADT, Germany, August 30, 2010 /PRNewswire/ –

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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 USA, Otto Bock utilized
existing expertise of Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR) from Todd Kuiken,
MD, PhD of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, teamed together with
specialists from Vienna’s General Hospital performing TMR on patients. This
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 Hubert Egger, head of the project, a reduction in
weight down to 2.5 kg and the appearance of a natural arm was essential for
its use in every day life.

Future Perspectives

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. Hans Dietl, CEO of Otto
Bock HealthCare Products in Vienna, expects to bring the sensory arm
prosthesis to market in approximately four years.

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    Otto Bock HealthCare
    Rudiger Herzog
    Max-Nader-Strasse 15
    37115 Duderstadt
    Telephone: +49-5527-848-1859
    Fax: +49-5527-848-3360
    E-Mail: ruediger.herzog@ottobock.de

    Homepage: http://www.ottobock.com

SOURCE Otto Bock HealthCare

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