A new AI powered prosthetic hand has been developed that allows a person to move it with one’s mind. The latest breakthrough works in sync with an amputee’s brain waves and muscle signals to replicate the movement that one would’ve made with a real hand.
BrainCo, the company behind the prosthetic hand, unveiled the final model at CES 2020, on Monday. Notably, the firm also received a spot in one of Time Magazine’s top 100 inventions of 2019. The company is also expecting to start shipping the new prosthetic hand in the US market later this year as well.
According to Max Newlon, President of BrainCo, the company has developed a new method of understanding electrical impulses from the brain going into the residual limb of an amputee. The prosthetic hand then detects the intention of the user and translates it to real world movements.
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Reportedly, it takes just about 5 to 10 minutes to program six gestures into the prosthetic hand, which apparently gets better and more life like the more one moves the hand. Another benefit of the new AI powered prosthetic hand is the cost. Typical robotic prosthetic limbs can be priced around $60,000 (roughly 416,526 Yuan), however, the BrainCo’s new prosthetic hand could be priced between $10,000 to $15,000 (roughly 70,000 to 100,000 Yuan).
Currently, the AI powered prosthetic hand is awaiting FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approval process, which means once it is cleared, BrainCo can start officially selling the product. With over hundreds of million amputees worldwide, the new invention could be a boon to many, including war veterans or those born with physical defects.
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