A new, cheaper method for making high-tech prostheses aims to make the devices much more accessible to amputees around the world, especially children.
The New York-based prosthetic company Unlimited Tomorrow unveiled its amazing 3D printed prosthetic arm this week at CES.
The arm is equipped with muscle sensors and an artificial intelligent control system, which works together to enable children's toys to grip objects and to move their fingers individually.
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The New York-based prosthetic company Unlimited Tomorrow unveiled its amazing 3D printed prosthetic arm this week at CES. Although the arms can be adapted to a wide range of receivers, Unlimited Tomorrow focuses on making prostheses for children
Typical high-tech prostheses could cost a family tens of thousands of dollars out of pocket, even with overweight insurance, Ella Scarchilli, marketing at Arrow Electronics, told Dailymail.com during the Las Vegas show.
Unlimited The device of tomorrow currently costs about $ 10,000.
And the company hopes to cut costs by half within the year.
Although the arms can be adapted to a wide range of receivers, Unlimited Tomorrow focuses on making prostheses for children.
For amputees and their families, the costs of prostheses can be astronomical over time because they have to buy new artificial limbs when they grow.
However, the new 3D scanning and printing system means that the cost of a single high-tech prosthesis can drop from more than $ 100,000 to just $ 5,000.
Unlimited The lightweight prosthetic arm of tomorrow has an adjustable grip and dexterity and the company constantly makes improvements based on direct feedback from the children who are testing it at the moment.
We have advanced muscle sensors that are in the socket & # 39 ;, told Scarchilli to Dailymail.com. & # 39; You can bend your muscles and it reads that and turns it into an action for your fingers. & # 39;
Typical high-tech prostheses could cost a family tens of thousands of dollars out of pocket, even with insurance considered, told Ella Scarchilli, marketing at Arrow Electronics, at Dailymail.com. Unlimited The device of tomorrow currently costs about $ 10,000
Unlimited The device tomorrow will cost $ 10,000, although the company is working to reduce it to $ 5,000 within the year.
It weighs only 1.5 lbs compared to more than 10 lbs, typical of prosthetic arms with similar built-in technology.
It is equipped with:
- Muscle sensors
- Adaptive grip
- Force feedback
- Custom skin tone
- AI control system
- Wireless charging
- Individual finger control
- Battery life of 3-4 days
& # 39; We just put in an AI control system so that if you do the same movements every day – like drinking coffee, writing, etc. – it will automatically realize and store those movements, & # 39; Scarchilli said.
& # 39; Then it will automatically do. & # 39;
The system charges wirelessly and has a battery life of about three to four days, the company says.
It also provides haptic feedback, meaning that wearers will feel it vibrate to simulate the sense of touch.
While similar prostheses weigh up to 10 pounds, the limb of Unlimited Tomorrow only weighs 1.5lbs.
The arm can be built without having to make a trip to the doctor's office.
Because it depends on 3D scanning, it can contain the exact pigments of your skin and if you have discoloration, freckles, it can be printed exactly like that, "Scarchilli said.
Because they then have all your precise measurements, the company can continue and print it.
And the system always gets better.
The team recently ended its Indiegogo campaign, allowing it to create 100 prostheses for 100 amputees.
For amputees, the costs of prostheses can be astronomical over time because their families have to buy new artificial limbs when they grow. The new system, however, means that the cost of a single high-tech prosthesis can drop from more than $ 100,000 to just $ 5,000.
On the basis of information that the people who actually use it, Unlimited Tomorrow is working to make the prosthesis as close to the real work as possible.
We go directly to the consumer because we care what they want – it's their arm, it's not the new iPhone XS Max, "told Scarchilli to Dailymail.com.
The latest model to be seen at CES included all the edits of a girl named Zoe, who gave the company a three-page large number of changes that they hoped would see, according to Scarchilli.
"That's exactly what we want, because at the end of the day we are not an amputees and we do not know that," said Scarchilli. She wanted more movement in her wrist because it was very stiff, so the motors were transferred into the hand so she could move more.
She wanted nails that you can change between short and long, so these are magnetized so you can take them off – you can even have them painted, with UV and gel. & # 39;
We have really great technology, & # 39; she added, "but we are for the people. & # 39;