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Prostheses

Prostheses are artificial devices designed to replace missing body parts lost through trauma, disease, or congenital conditions. They range from simple devices, such as artificial limbs, to advanced myoelectric prosthetics that mimic the natural movement of limbs through electrical signals from the user's muscles.

There are ongoing innovations in materials, making prosthetics lighter and more durable, and in design, making them more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing.

Future improvements in prosthetics are expected to focus on enhancing the integration between the device and the user's body to achieve more natural control and feedback. This includes the development of brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) that could allow for direct control of prosthetic devices with the mind, potentially restoring near-natural function. Additionally, advances in materials science could lead to even lighter, stronger, and more adaptable prosthetics, while 3D printing technology promises personalized and cost-effective solutions.

See also: artificial organs and regenerative medicine.

Full Body Prosthetics

A full set of smart prosthetic limbs, combined with replacement synthetic organs, could provide an entire replacement body that could host someone's brain. - David Wood Humai’s Head of Engineering On the Future That is to Come (interview) - IEET

Is it prostheses or prosthetics?

A prosthesis is an artificial body part (plural = prostheses) whereas the adjective is used to describe a particular type, for example a prosthetic hand. Prosthetics is the medical speciality studying and applying prostheses.

Prostheses News

Atom limbs' AI-powered bionic arm that feel and respond like your own

BBC - 23-Feb-2024

Early trials promise natural movement, control and sense of touch; however, cost concerns remain

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Missing a hand doesn't mean missing touch, thanks to the bionic sensation tech

Interesting Engineering - 09-Feb-2024

The tech could change lives by letting amputees interact with the world effortlessly

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Bionic breast project restores touch and sensibility for mastectomy survivors

The University of Chicago - 07-Nov-2023

Restoring touch and confidence with a revolutionary medical breakthrough

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Bionic hand breakthrough could give amputees back their sense of touch

Independent - 11-Oct-2023

Prosthetic hand connects to the nervous system, offering a new lease on life

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Patient in the UK receives world's first 3D-printed prosthetic eye

Interesting Engineering - 25-Nov-2021

Fits perfectly in the eye socket and looks realistic than alternatives

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Prostheses Resources

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Open Bionics

UK-based company that develops low-cost bionic hands

Ottobock

Company developing and producing exoskeletons and prosthesis

Ossur

Advanced and innovative technologies within the fields of prosthetics, braces, supports and compression therapy

Argus II

Retinal prosthesis system.

UNYQ

Personalized prosthetics & orthotics company.

Power Knee

Bionic knee for above-knee amputees.

Hero Arm

3D printed powered bionic hand controlled by muscles.

The Third Thumb

3D printed thumb extension.

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