All Upper-Limb Bionic Devices

All Upper Limb Bionic Options

An informed patient is an empowered patient. If you are contemplating the purchase of an upper-limb bionic device, please make sure that you understand your options.

Below, we provide separate lists for:

Complete Arms

Mobius Bionics LUKE Arm

The LUKE Arm is one of two bionic arms to come out of DARPA’s Revolutionizing Prosthetics program, and the only commercial arm to offer a powered shoulder option.

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Electric Elbows

Ottobock DynamicArm

Ottobock’s DynamicArm is an electric elbow with the ability to flex and extend via myoelectric control. Combined with a rotating wrist and a bionic hand or another terminal device, the DynamicArm can form an integral part of an above-the-elbow solution.

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Steeper Espire Elbow

Steeper’s Espire Elbow comes in five different models. Two of these — the Espire Pro and Espire Hybrid — are compatible with bionic hands.

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Ottobock ErgoArm

Ottobock’s ErgoArm comes in four different models. Two of these — the ErgoArm Hybrid Plus and ErgoArm Electronic Plus — are compatible with bionic hands.

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Motion Control Utah Arm

Motion Control’s Utah Arm is a microprocessor-controlled electric elbow that is compatible with multiple input systems, wrist components, and bionic hands or other terminal devices.

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Bionic Hands

COVVI Nexus Hand

The Nexus Hand has quickly become one of the most impressive bionic hands on the market, driven mainly by exceptional engineering principles.

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Ottobock bebionic Hand

Ottobock’s bebionic hand is well established in the bionic hand industry. But surging competition and underwhelming reviews from our User Satisfaction Surveys suggest that it may be in need of an upgrade.

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Mobius Bionics LUKE Arm

The LUKE Arm is one of two bionic arms to come out of DARPA’s Revolutionizing Prosthetics program, and the only commercial arm to offer a powered shoulder option.

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Motorica Manifesto Hand

Motorica’s Manifesto Hand is a multi-articulating bionic hand with some interesting enhancements including contactless payment, a screen, and a GSM module.

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Ottobock Michelangelo Hand

Ottobock’s Michelangelo Hand is one of the most robust and technologically advanced bionic hands on the market. At $60,000 to $70,000 US, it’s also one of the most expensive. The question is: is it worth it?

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Ossur i-Limb Hand

Ossur’s i-Limb hand is one of the world’s most advanced bionic hands. It is also one of the most expensive. The question is: is it worth it?

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BrainRobotics Prosthetic Hand

BrainRobotics is currently undergoing a transition from a single 8-channel bionic hand to two products: a 2-channel hand and an 8-channel hand. We will update this article when that transition is complete.

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Partial Hands

Vincent Partial Hand

The Vincent Partial seems to be as advanced a solution for partial hand loss as its main competitor, Ossur’s i-Digits. Unfortunately, a lack of English-language material makes it difficult to verify this.

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Ossur i-Digits

Nearly 2/3 of upper-limb amputations involve finger or partial hand loss. Ossur’s i-Digits line of products provides one of the few bionic options to meet this need.

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Upper-Limb Electric Terminal Devices (ETDs)

Ottobock Greifer

The Ottobock Greifer is the strongest of all the upper-limb terminal devices on the market, making it ideal for heavy-duty manual work.

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Ottobock AxonHook

The Ottobock AxonHook is a strong, durable, and highly responsive terminal device for upper-limb bionic solutions. It is also surprisingly nimble.

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Motorica INDY Hand

Motorica’s INDY Hand is a direct competitor to Electric Terminal Devices (ETDs) from Ottobock and Fillauer, but with more features and a lower price.

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Ottobock SensorHand Speed

The Ottobock SensorHand Speed has the advantages of a powered hook in speed, durability, and ease of use, but with more sophisticated grasping features and the ability to appear like a natural hand.

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For a comprehensive description of all current upper-limb technologies, devices, and research, see our complete guide.

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