Bionic hand (i-LIMB) enables student to do everyday things again

January 20, 2009

England (ChattahBox) – A student at the University of the West of England has become the second person in Britain to be fitted with the incredibly advanced i-LIMB (check out the video below).

The i-Limb is a bionic arm that works by placing electrodes along the amputated limb, where it reacts with the nerves to create realistic, brain powered movement. Users are able to have full control over the arm within minutes of a fitting.

Evan Reynolds, a sports biology student at UWE, is thrilled to have the i_LIMB, after a car accident involving a wooden post tore off his hand, and ‘degloved’ his forearm, causing the skin to be pulled back over the muscles.

The accident was devastating for Reynolds, who was an avid Rugby player, and who had had dreams of joining the Army.

But the i-LIMB has given him a new chance at the life he has always wanted, not to mention made things much easier in his every day activities.

“The most amazing thing about it was how quickly I adapted to it. People always ask how it’s changed my life, but there’s no specific thing. It’s the hundreds of everyday things you take for granted, which I can do again, like peeling a potato, catching a ball, holding a bottle of water.

“I’m incredibly grateful.”

He added: “It’s so sensitive I can grip a bottle of water or a paper cup without crushing it, and even swing a racket. All I have to so is imagine picking something up or gripping it and the fingers and thumb move automatically.”

The i-LIMB costs approximately $60,000, including fittings. It was released in 2008, and has won several awards and honors.


One Response to “Bionic hand (i-LIMB) enables student to do everyday things again”

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