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Touch Bionics releases new prosthetic fingers, flip the old ones the bird

Touch Bionics releases new prosthetic fingers, flip the old ones the bird

The only upgrades available for our puny human hands are games controller calluses, however if you’re sporting an i-LIMB digits hand prosthesis, you could now get a set of improved fingers. Touch Bionics’ “smaller, lighter and more anatomically accurate” appendages are now available worldwide, in addition to a brand-new wrist-band unit which houses all the necessary computing power and juice for their function. Best of all, these developments enable more people to adopt the tech than the previous generation, including those with even more tiny hands or finger amputations closer to the knuckle. We don’t understand how much it’ll cost for a fresh set, however we’ll let wellness agencies and insurance companies manage that part. With these upgrades and RSL Steeper’s latest offering, it will not be long before our flesh-based variations are meager in contrast.

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Trouble hearing? Advanced Bionics’ waterproof implant is paddling your way

If you’re one of the 200,000 deaf people who’ve received cochlear implants, then here’s an upgrade worth considering: the Neptune from Advanced Bionics claims to be “the world’s first and only swimmable, waterproof sound processor,” and it’s just received certification for the US and Canada. Read on for more details in the full press release and soon you could be bantering while you bathe.

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Trouble hearing? Advanced Bionics’ waterproof implant is paddling your way originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 02 Dec 2011 14:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Droid Bionic’s secrecy betrayed on Amazon, by simple dock listings

We had our hands on a raw version of the Droid Bionic way back at CES, but two listings on Amazon for desktop and car docking stations, uncovered by Android Central forum posters, may give the clearest look at the phone so far. As you can see in the shot above of the desktop dock Motorola’s slab appears to have a chrome ring running around the outside, while the dock itself has a 3.5mm audio out, HDMI output and USB ports. There’s no price or release date listed for either accessory but if you’ve been lusting over the beast and its rumored specs we’re figuring some quiet time with these shots is just what the doctor ordered — check after the break for a shot of the car dock and the back of the desktop docking station.

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Droid Bionic’s secrecy betrayed on Amazon, by simple dock listings originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 22 Jul 2011 04:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Berkeley Bionics reveals eLEGS exoskeleton, aims to help paraplegics walk in 2011

Wondering where you’ve heard of Berkeley Bionics before? These are the same whiz-kids who produced the HULC exoskeleton in mid-2008, and now they’re back with a far more ambitious effort. Announced just moments ago in San Francisco, the eLEGS exoskeleton is a bionic device engineered to help paraplegics stand up and walk on their own. It’s hailed as a “wearable, artificially intelligent, bionic device,” and it’s expected to help out within the hospital, at home and elsewhere in this wild, wild place we call Earth. Initially, the device will be offered to rehabilitation centers for use under medical supervision, and can be adjusted to fit most people between 5’2″ and 6’4″ (and weighing 220 pounds or less) in a matter of minutes. We’re told that the device provides “unprecedented knee flexion,” and it’s also fairly quiet in operation; under ideal circumstances, speeds of up to 2MPH can be attained, and it employs a gesture-based human-machine interface that relies on legions of sensors to determine a user’s intentions and act accordingly. Clinical trials are going on as we speak, with a limited release planned for the second half of 2011. We’re still waiting to hear back on a price, so keep it locked for more as we get it live from the event.

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Touch Bionics i-LIMB Pulse, the Bluetooth bionic hand, makes your meaty one obsolete

Touch Bionics i-LIMB Pulse, the Bluetooth bionic hand, makes your meaty one obsolete

Let’s say you got in a fight with your dad. You said some things, he said some things, and then he cut your hand off. Don’t go all emo: Touch Bionics has a new product that will have you overthrowing empires again in no time. A successor to the company’s revolutionary i-LIMB Hand, the i-LIMB Pulse is a more streamlined version meant to look more natural, also offered in two sizes, and comes complete with Bluetooth that allows prosthetists and users to tweak settings easily. The device’s name comes from its “pulsing technology” that boosts strength, enabling it to handle up to 90kg (about 200lbs), which is a lot more than our crippled carpal tunnels can manage these days. The Pulse starts shipping to would-be chosen ones on June 1 — just in time for Father’s Day.

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