Touch Bionics, developer of advanced upper-limb bionic technologies has announced the commercial launch of ProDigits, the world’s first powered bionic finger solution for patients with missing fingers.
Created by a company called the i-LIMB Hand, the ProDigits solution extends life-changing technology to partial-hand patients, whose finger absence is either due to congenital anomalies or amputation from a traumatic incident or medical condition. The amputee population that can benefit from ProDigits is considerable, estimated at around 1.2 million worldwide, and until now, these people have had no commercially available powered prosthetic solution open to them.
Not having fingers or a thumb to act in opposition to one another makes simple tasks such as holding a fork or a cup difficult and frustrating. The articulating digit underpins much of ProDigits’ technical advantage and it is this articulation that provides the biggest benefit to the patient. With the ability to bend, touch, pick-up and point – the ProDigits used within an overall prosthesis reflects the function of a natural hand.