i-LIMB Receives MacRobert Award

 

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In the next chapter of the ongoing "arms"-race for prosthetic limbs the UK based company Touch Bionics's i-LIMB has just snatched the prestigious MacRobert Award, the UK's biggest engineering prize.

Following the announcement of a "Manhattan Project" for the next generation of bionic arms and the buzz created by Dean Kamen's Luke arm earlier this year (video), this promises even more buzz - and funding - for robot protheses.

Other current prosthetic arm projects to keep an eye on include the NECAL research program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago which focuses on targeted reinnervation to improve prosthetic control as well as the Fluidhand developed at a research center in Karlsruhe with prototypes currently testing in the Orthopedic University Hospital in Heidelberg.

For more on Touch Bionics's i-LIMB check out this BBC video interview with Ray Edwards, a quadruple amputee fitted with an i-LIMB hand a month ago.

Image: Touch Bionics

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