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19 Nov 2016: prosthetics news and videos of the day

10:18 PM GMT Dr. Natasha Vita-More is talking about Whole Prosthetic Body Project

In this video, Dr. Natasha Vita-More, founder and creative director of esDESiGN, discussed such interesting topics as creating “Whole Prosthetic Body Project”, as well as innovative technologies in robotics, artificial intelligence and cognitive neuroscience, which are necessary to make the whole prosthetic body a reality.

06:30 PM GMT Studies on radio-opaque polymeric biomaterials with potential applications to endovascular prostheses

Biomaterials are materials of synthetic or natural origin, used in contact with tissue, blood, or another biological fluid and intended for use in prosthetic, diagnostic, therapeutic, or storage applications. This research work is focussed in part on the chemical synthesis and further development of a new class of radio-opaque polymeric biomaterials i.e. biocompatible polymers with the capability of absorbing X-rays.
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04:30 PM GMT Bionic eye Orion I uses wireless signals to send image directly to the brain

Bionic eye Orion I uses wireless signals to send image directly to the brain
credit: Second Sight

To date, people with a degenerative eye use a high-tech prosthetic system to recover some vision. But now the “Second Sight” company has developed the neurotechnology bionic eye, that transmits wireless signals (to produce an image or just a spot of light) directly to the brain of a blind patient through a simple external device. “Second Sight” created a new product for artificial vision called Orion I. The company will start its testing on human next year.
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03:05 PM GMT Lyman Connor of Roanoke plans to launch new Bionic Hand Project

Engineer and designer Lyman Connor of Roanoke is planning to launch the Bionic Hand Project. He wants to create a new bionic hand that will enable the user to pick up a cup of coffee, drink it and use a fork or spoon. Lyman Connor said:

“There is no hand in the industry right now, that allows you to really pick up a fork properly and feed yourself or do any of the basic menial tasks that we take for granted day today”.

Conner uses 3D printers to create all parts of the bionic hand. It uses skin sensors to read electrical impulses from muscles and converts them to a signal, that makes the hand open and close. Lyman Connor says, the working prototype of his new bionic hand costs about $8500, required to cover the costs of production. Read more>>

02:20 PM GMT Low-Cost Prosthetic Hand with Sensor Glove

This low-cost bionic hand with Sensor Glove was created by using open source technologies (based on Arduino and Inmoov) in the Laboratory of Instrumentation and Biomedical Engineering, Paulista State University “Júlio de Mesquita Filho” and Department of Electrical Engineering of Ilha Solteira. The bionic hand is suitable for both amputees and patients with congenital deformities.

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