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30 High-Tech Prosthetic Devices

From Lifelike Artificial Limbs to Brain-Operated Bionic Arms

— July 9, 2015 — Tech
In contrast to cosmetic or passive prosthetic devices, these active prostheses make the most of technology to provide people with disabilities better flexibility, sensations, control and an enhanced range of motions in their daily lives.

Before 3D printing was used to create custom prostheses, typically the process was costly in terms of time and money, especially if the aids were quickly outgrown. This technology now makes it possible for anyone to create their own bespoke designs, such as Fraser Leid's Printed Prehensile concept, which mimics the structure of the 27 bones that make up the human hand to closely recreate how this part of the skeleton looks and functions.

Other noteworthy innovations include artificial limbs developed by Austrian scientists that are capable of being bonded to nerve endings to reduce the feeling of having phantom limbs. Additionally, the Bebionic3 arm enables 360-degree wrist rotations and precise finger movements for better control.
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Sensation-Restoring Prosthetics
Sensation-Restoring Prosthetics
These Artificial Limbs are Rewired to a Patient's Nerve Endings
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Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arms
Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arms
This Robotic Arm Reacts Faster Than Other Thought-Controlled Arms
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Mind-Controlled Prosthetics
Mind-Controlled Prosthetics
This Prosthetic Arm Attaches Directly to Patients' Skeletons
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Female-Friendly Prosthetics
Female-Friendly Prosthetics
These Bebionic Hands Are Designed For Women and Teens
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Printed Superhero Prosthetics
Printed Superhero Prosthetics
A Group of Eighth Graders Created This 3D-Printed Arm for a Child
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Thought-Controlled Bionic Legs
Thought-Controlled Bionic Legs
Ossur's Prosthetic Leg is Controlled By Subconscious Thoughts
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Arm-Replacing Robotic Limbs
Arm-Replacing Robotic Limbs
The ‘Arduino Robotic Arm’ is Realistically Simulates Arm M
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3D-Printed Jaws
3D-Printed Jaws
This 3D-Printed Jaw Was Made For An Indian Cancer Patient
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Affordable Prosthetic Nipples
Affordable Prosthetic Nipples
Michelle Kolath-Arbel Created an Affordable Way to Cope Post Surgery
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DIY Building Block Limbs
DIY Building Block Limbs
Christina Stephens Creates Her Own Prosthetic Leg out of LEGO
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Bionic Prosthetic Hands
Bionic Prosthetic Hands
The LifeHand 2 Artificial Arm May Bring Back Feelings That Were Once Lost
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Mind-Controlled Prosthetics
Mind-Controlled Prosthetics
These Prosthetic Arms Are Controlled By Amputees' Minds
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DIY Free-Sourced Prosthetics
DIY Free-Sourced Prosthetics
These Prosthetic Hand Designs Will Help Out Any Family in Need
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Brain-Operated Bionic Arms
Brain-Operated Bionic Arms
This Mind-Controlled Prosthetic is From the Inventor of the Segway
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Futuristic Prosthetic Limbs
Futuristic Prosthetic Limbs
The i-Limb Ultra Revolution is an Amazingly Advanced Prosthetic Device
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Bionic Prosthetic Limbs
Bionic Prosthetic Limbs
This Bionic Arm is a Muscle-Controlled Prosthetic Limb
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Lifelike Artificial Limbs
Lifelike Artificial Limbs
These Futuristic Prosthetic Hands Closely Resemble the Human Form
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Chic Prosthetic Covers
Chic Prosthetic Covers
This Bulgarian Company is Merging Contemporary Fashion with Leg Prosthetics
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Rock Climber Prosthetic Legs
Rock Climber Prosthetic Legs
Klippa by Kai Lin Allows Disabled to Indulge Their Outdoor Passions
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Prosthetic Musical Instruments
Prosthetic Musical Instruments
Prosthetic Advancements are Bringing Music Back to Amputees
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Feeling-Restoring Prosthetic Hands
Feeling-Restoring Prosthetic Hands
This Bionic Hand Restores the Feeling of Touch to Amputees
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Heroic Limb Replacements
Heroic Limb Replacements
3D Printing Engineers Create Inspiring Superhero Prosthetic Arms for Kids
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Stylish Prosthetic Covers
Stylish Prosthetic Covers
These Prosthetic Leg Covers Offer Opportunity for Self-Expression
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Streamlined Prosthetic Flippers
Streamlined Prosthetic Flippers
The Elle Swimming Suit Enables Amputees to Compete and Swim Meets
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Customizable Athletic Prosthetics
Customizable Athletic Prosthetics
The Versa Foot is a Custom Prosthetic Foot for Extreme Sports
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Smart Hand Prosthetics
Smart Hand Prosthetics
The Handiii 3D Printed Bionic Arm Uses a Smartphone to Control Movement
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Superhero-Inspired Hand Replacements
Superhero-Inspired Hand Replacements
Bubba's 3D Printed Prosthetic Limb is Modelled After Iron Man
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Impressive Football Prostheses
Impressive Football Prostheses
The Impetus Soccer Prosthesis Enables Amputees to Play More Sports
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Elegant 3D-Printed Prosthetics
Elegant 3D-Printed Prosthetics
The Exo-Prosthetic Leg is Designed To Be Functional and Beautiful
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Growing Leg Prosthetics
Growing Leg Prosthetics
The FIT Adjustable Prosthetic Grows with Its User
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