Guitarist To Use ‘Bionic Hand’ After Stroke

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Go Go Gadget Hand!

The 27-year-old guitarist in popular indie band The Long Blondes hopes to play again despite suffering a stroke, thanks to cutting-edge medical technology. Dorian Cox is currently unable to play his instrument after being left paralysed down the right side of his body.

But the musician is now undergoing neurological physiotherapy – including training sessions with a “revolutionary” mechanical glove – and is optimistic about regaining movement in his right hand.

The device, called a SaeboFlex, can benefit patients by supporting their wrists and helping them grasp and release objects. “It’s a fantastic service, it’s helping tremendously and I think it can work wonders for me and others – it’s almost like a gym for my hand,” Mr Cox, from York, said.

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Bionic Hands With Gel-filled Fingertips Give Greater Sensitivity

Bionic Hands May Help Person “Feel” Objects 

 Bionic Hand With Gel-filled Fingertips

If things go well, prostheses may soon help a person “feel” too. Bionic hands with gelled fingertips may be the answer to provide the wearer with a sense of touch and sensitivity. This may even help them instinctively hold objects, because humans have a built-in reflex that responds to vibrations. The top part of the bionic hands are now going to consist of a rubber skin filled with thick silicon gel. If an object should slip, the elastic skin transmits the vibrations through the gel to acoustic sensors, which provide instant feedback, and the motors can tighten their grip. Also, the finger’s bone is covered with electrodes, which change the electric conduction according to the pressure that helps the user to feel.

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Dog With Bionic Leg Can Walk And Run Like Other Dogs

Dog With Bionic Leg Can Walk And Run Like Other Dogs 

Reg Walker’s eight year old pet, Coal who lost his left paw to a cancer a year ago, can now walk and run like other dogs with the help of a £10,000 bionic leg. The bionic leg has been implanted using a new technology called Intraosseous Transcutaneous Amputation Prostheses (ITAP), which enables skin to grow around a metal pin to which the leg is attached. The ITAP technology was used to provide artificial limbs to the survivor of London 7/7 bombing.

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Prosthetics That Feel

Prosthetics That Feel 

If you thought prosthetics couldn’t let you “feel” anything but only assist you in the most basic functions, think again. Surgeons have tried a unique method with Claudia Mitchell and have hot-wired the prosthetic to her brain via her shoulder nerves.

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