The i-Limb Ultra Revolution: an app controlled bionic hand.

"I have been able to hold my daughter's hand for the first time in five years since my accident." -- Jason Koger

“I have been able to hold my daughter’s hand for the first time in five years since my accident.” — Jason Koger

Do you need a bionic hand capable of using opposable thumbs; of picking up small things, and of doing a handshake?

There’s an app for that.

Livingston based (UK) Touch Bionics developed a prosthetic hand capable of doing 24 different types of grip patterns. And double amputee, Jason Koger, has become the first person in the world to get a pair of bionic hands that can be controlled by an iPhone app:

 

You can read more about this breakthrough here.

Bone regeneration, sci-fi style.

Osteocytes are the basic unit of the skeleton system. They have a great capacity for regeneration. Can we accelerate this process artificially? Scientists are close to finding a way.

Osteocytes are the basic unit of the skeleton system. They have a great capacity for regeneration. Can we accelerate this process artificially? Scientists are close to finding a way.

Today we’ve begun Section 45.2: The Skeletal System. Bone is connective tissue that has a great capacity for self-regenaration. 3D printing is all the rage in the contemporary and technological cutting edge. Thus, it was just a matter of time before this budding technology was applied to anatomical purposes:

It’s 2020 and you have severe gum disease. It’s bad enough to require surgery to replace lost bone. So your doctor pulls up a computer program, makes a few calculations, and prints out a fresh piece of bone (technically a bone-like powder) on a 3-D inkjet printer. The printed bone, which is used as a scaffolding to allow fresh cells to grow, is implanted in your mouth. Eventually, it harmlessly dissolves as new bone tissue emerges from your cells.

The following video gives us a little bit more information about what this process is all about: