Tilly Lockey lost both her hands at age 15 months. But when you watch her videos, you don’t feel any sense of loss. What you see is a bright, happy teenager with unlimited potential.
Much of that is a credit to her and her family. But as she says in this video, having cool bionic arms helps.
The Bionic Revolution is here. It is already improving the lives of those who have lost physical or neurological abilities to accident, disease, or genetic disorders.
Our goal is to educate people about the latest bionic technologies available to them. We’re also trying to build public support for expanded insurance coverage to help pay for these solutions.
State of Bionic Technologies
Much of the required technology is already on the market. There is also an explosion of new devices, which is finally helping to lower prices. We’re also seeing new financing options for the first time, with the ability to purchase with monthly payments.
But we still need expanded government and insurance coverage to give those with limb differences the technology they deserve.
The core technology exists in laboratories or field trials. And there are a few above-the-elbow bionic arms commercially available. That’s the good news.
The main problem is high costs. The only ones who can currently afford these devices are military veterans through the VA. They certainly deserve them, but we need to find a way to broaden coverage to include the general public.
Bionic legs consist mainly of bionic knees and ankles. These are available commercially and do a fantastic job of improving mobility while reducing the stress on other joints.
New technology breakthroughs like mind-control and sensory feedback are also starting to make their way into these devices.
The problem again is one of costs. We have to find a way to make these wonderful devices available to all.
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Partial hand amputations account for nearly 2/3 of all upper limb amputations. Bionic partial hand prostheses are ideal for these situations, but they’re also very expensive. Hi-tech body-powered and ratcheting mechanical prostheses, by comparison, are much more affordable.
Blatchford’s Elan Foot is another worthy competitor in the microprocessor foot/ankle market. Its ability to automatically adjust both dorsiflexion and plantarflexion resistance on each step produces a smooth gait on many different types of terrain, including ramps, slopes, and stairs.
The innovators featured in this post are all accomplished scientists, engineers, and/or inventors. They have all made significant contributions to the advancement of bionic limbs. But what makes them truly special is their passion to improve the lives of those…