Delhi

Indigenously-developed myoelectric hand with thumb rotation launched

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Allows users to perform functions such as gripping objects

Offering an alternative to branded prosthetic hand with thumb rotation, a private company in India has launched an indigenously-developed myoelectric prosthetic hand.

Cost-friendly

“This is an important development, especially for patients who lose their hands in accidents or are born with congenital defects. A branded myoelectric hand generally costs over ₹1.5 lakh, while our indigenously developed prosthetic, which is competitive in terms of features and quality, is available for ₹40,000, only including fitment and a year’s warranty. Reduction of about 75% in cost means a lot for patients who are in need of such a fitment but could not go for it owing to prohibitive costs,” said Neeraj Saxena, director, P&O International.

Myoelectric controls utilise the electrical signal generated by muscles in the remaining portion of the patient’s limb. The signal is picked up by electrodes that sit on the surface of the skin. It enables users to perform functions such as turning keys and gripping objects. The digits or fingers articulate (curl) like real fingers and a rotatable thumb to allow a range of different grip patterns closely resembling the movement of human hands in routine activities.

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