Unless you’re willing to pay the premium price of complete, modular bionic arms like the Atom Touch or the LUKE Arm (which are worth the extra money — we just wish more people could afford them!), those needing above-the-elbow bionic solutions will likely have to piece them together using multiple components. Except for an all-Ottobock solution, those components will likely come from different manufacturers.
Because compatibility between components can be an issue and suitability for each prospective end-user is always an issue, you will need a prosthetist to help you do this. But you should still do your own homework, as the choice of components can have a significant impact on your quality of life.
Below, we provide three separate lists of components:
complete, modular arms;
electric elbows, which also act as control platforms for all the other components; and
bionic hands that can interface with other components.
We are still working on our lists of bionic wrists and shoulder joint options.
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.
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.
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?
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.