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Livingston firm displays new limb

An easier touch for bionic hand wearers

Touch BionicsArtificial limb developer Touch Bionics is exhibiting an advanced bionic hand capable of changing grips with a simple gesture.

The hand is made for those with missing fingers and is both easier to use and more streamlined and stylish, making it more comfortable to wear.

Livingston-based Touch, which was backed by Archangel Investors and Scottish Enterprise, has been showing the latest range of partial hands at the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association’s National Assembly in San Antonio.

Ian Stevens, chief executive of Touch Bionics, said: “With newly redesigned componentry and digits for ease of fabrication, the new partial hand combines streamlined styling and considerably enhanced functionality. It is smarter, faster, stronger and smaller than its predecessors.”

Moses Aramburo, a wearer, said: “I particularly like the gesture control feature which enables me to quickly access many grips in performing everyday tasks. The new design is not only slimmer but also lighter allowing me to easily wear my prosthesis all day.”

The advanced hand has up to 30% more power when needed, improved component design for easy and reliable fabrication and 50% longer battery life.

A spin-out from the National Health Service, Touch Bionics was founded by inventor David Gow.

The limbs are manufactured at its plant in Livingston.

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