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Uploaded on Jun 11, 2010
Bebionic, an exciting new upper extremity prosthetic product range from RSLSteeper was fully launched to the international market at the combined ISPO (International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics) World Congress and Orthopädie & Reha-Technik Trade Show on 12th-15th May 2010.
Combining ease of control with elegance of design, the bebionic hand has been created with the principles of durability, performance and simplicity firmly in mind.
The system includes an adult hand featuring 4 functional grip patterns (tripod, power, key and finger point) allowing amputees to perform everyday activities such as eating, drinking, writing, typing, turning a key in a lock, using an ATM and picking up small objects. bebionic hands are fully proportional, allowing the user to control the speed and strength of the hand. Delicate tasks such as manipulating an egg or holding a filled polystyrene cup can be mastered as easily as crushing an empty soda can by controlling grip force.
Each articulated digit is driven by individual actuators causing each finger to move and grip in a natural and coordinated way, providing compliant and conformable grips around complex shapes. The hand has two user selectable thumb positions; opposed & non-opposed, with an in-built sensor detecting the thumb position.
On board microprocessors constantly monitor the position of the fingers so that grip sequences are accurate ensuring a confident and reliable grip for the user every time. The hand electronics also include an auto grip feature that senses if the gripped item is slipping, and will automatically provide additional power to maintain a secure and safe hold.
Smart design to position the motors in the palm reduces the relative weight whilst the addition of a soft palm suppresses motor noise and aids object grasp. Each finger features a spring return allowing the fingers to naturally flex when loaded, useful for amputees to push down on the hand to aid standing up from a chair.
The bebionic range is complemented with the addition of a highly cosmetic robust silicone glove featuring an integral mesh for durability. Each glove is available in a choice of 19 skin shades in male or female finishes with our unique Truefinish™ micro pigmentation for additional depth and realism. Individually crafted silicone nails are added to further enhance the cosmetic realism.
The hand is supplied with a wireless programmer and our custom software, bebalance. This will allow the hand's performance and control options to be fully customised to each user. Certified clinicians will be able to select and rank the grips available to the user, as well as fine tune the speed and grip range, modify operating thresholds and change other signal features.
Users of the bebionic hand demonstrated its capabilities on the booth in Leipzig and visitors were extremely impressed by the hands function and cosmetic appearance. Amputees were able to try bebionic for the first time and were astounded when they could perform a variety of everyday tasks with ease, which they were unable to do with their current system.
Paul Steeper, Product Sales Director of RSLSteeper said: "We were overwhelmed with the level of interest and enthusiasm bebionic received at the Congress. The feedback from those visiting the stand, including clinicians and end users has been truly outstanding. bebionic's advanced technology offers unique features combined with a life-like design and at a reasonable price offers amputees' worldwide improved aesthetics and dynamic function for active everyday living."