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Orthopade. 2006 Nov;35(11):1169-70, 1172-5.

["Bionic" arm prostheses. State of the art in research and development].

[Article in German]

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Institut für Angewandte Informatik, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH, Hermann von Helmholtz Platz 1, 76344, Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, christian.pylatiuk@iai.fzk.de

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

A new generation of arm prostheses is being developed worldwide. These so-called bionic prostheses are intended to offer additional functions, such as sensory feedback, extended range of possible movement, intuitive movement control as far as possible, and a more natural cosmetic appearance.

STATE OF THE ART IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT:

In recent years, prosthetic components with much enhanced performance have been developed for use at various levels of the upper limb. Artificial hands that allow for additional grips are are being tested in clinical settings. Innovative methods of signal acquisition and communication with the patient are being intensively researched.

CONCLUSION:

Several patients have been provided with prototypes of new arm prostheses. At the moment, the results are limited by the restricted communication between patient and prosthesis. However, we can expect the options for prosthesis control to be extended in the near future.

PMID:
16932834
DOI:
10.1007/s00132-006-1002-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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