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“I like how quickly I can cycle through the grips and gestures as well as the secure grip on the fingers and in the palm.”
Benefits to the User
The BrainRobotics prosthetic hand helps amputees do more than they ever thought possible.
Lightweight and comfortable, the BrainRobotics prosthetic hand requires no surgical interventions or implants
2 advanced sensors are placed inside the socket to read and understand the user’s intent
In total, 6 micro-motors exist in the hand, 2 in the thumb for horizontal & vertical movements and 1 in all other fingers
A fully-opposable thumb enables natural, finely controlled, movements for picking up objects and making complex gestures
Any firmware updates that are needed for the hand are easily pushed to the hand remotely
The user and clinician facing app is available on both iOS and Android devices
The user has several options for how to control the hand allowing him/her to use their preferred method to perform activities of daily living
If you can imagine it, the BrainRobotics prosthetic hand can do it.
Explore What You Can Do
Capt. Carey Duval fit with the BrainRobotics 2-channel hand and
HiFi socket from biodesigns
“I could flex inside the prosthetic, and it would change from a finger point to a two-finger pinch, and then from a pinch to a fist,” Duval said. “I could control a computer mouse and work a keyboard for the first time in a long time. I haven’t played a computer game in six years.”
Where the BrainRobotics Prosthetic Hand Fits In
The BrainRobotics prosthetic hand is suitable for new or existing myoelectric users with transradial level absence and at least two viable muscle sites.
The user will have access to pattern recognition with just two sites and be able to access their chosen gestures in a much more intuitive way than ever before.
The BrainRobotics prosthetic hand will abstract the electromyographic (EMG) signal in the users’ forearm, recognizing their intended movement and transfer the intention into the actual gesture of the prosthetic hand.
Your Steps to Success!
No matter how advanced a terminal device might be, there are some critical steps you must ensure happen for you to successfully and consistently be able to use a prosthetic device, such as a myoelectric prosthetic hand.
Our seven golden tips are:
Find the right physician that will listen to you and understand what you are going through, especially after a traumatic accident. Never settle for less.
Find the right prosthetist who will also listen to you, understand your needs, take the time to teach you about the options that are available, fit you with the device that YOU need to be able to achieve your personal goals, and fits you with a well fitting socket that will not slide off but will in turn become an extension of you.
Find the team that will fight for you. The insurance road can be long and hard at times. Never give up.
Adjust your expectations. Take the right amount of time to get used to wearing your prosthesis.
Start with wearing it for 5-10 minutes at a time and learning how to successfully open and close the hand not just in front of you, but under a desk, in a cupboard that’s over head, as well as reaching next to you and across the body.
Make sure that you are working with a skilled OT who will be able to guide you towards learning how to use that prosthesis in all of the key activities of daily living as well as meet your personal goals.
Listen to your body. If you need a break, take it.
Remember that no prosthesis is a true replacement of the limb you lost or didn’t have since birth. These are all tools to help you prevent you from overusing other parts of your body and no one tool will allow you to do it all. Speak up and be a self advocate for what YOU need, not what someone else tells you you need.
Additional tips from Diane Atkins – OTR
OT is an essential factor in the success of any prosthetic user.
Including an experienced OT in the prosthetic learning experience is essential in order to ensure success.
Defining realistic goals is essential. Start simple and build from there.
Early in the learning program start with simple grasp and release activities with objects of different sizes, shapes, and densities. Do these at different levels, and then practice bilateral tasks that are important for the user.
There is no set time for how long it takes to train someone with a prosthesis.