The number of bionic hands on the market is growing with each passing year. Competition is heating up and helping to drive prices down.
This is wonderful news for potential users. But with 10 commercial devices now available, each with different capabilities and sold at significantly different prices, prospective purchasers are well-advised to thoroughly research their options.
Below, you will find brief descriptions and links to more detailed articles for each of these options.
Some will refer to the Atom Touch as the commercial version of the Modular Prosthetic Limb (MPL) developed by John Hopkins University. But it is more than that, with notable enhancements in durability, artificial intelligence, and sensory feedback.
The Hero Arm from Open Bionics is one of the most popular below-the-elbow bionic arms on the market. This is due to its affordability, its modern, robotic appearance, and also because it seems to deliver exactly what it promises.
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?
Rugged, waterproof, and capable of operating in dusty environments, the TASKA Hand is the first bionic hand specifically designed to handle activities such as mowing lawns, operating light chain saws or hedge trimmers, and washing the car.
Ottobock’s bebionic hand offers 14 grip patterns and a carrying capacity of 45 kgs, which places it in the upper third of bionic hands in these two categories. On the downside, there are rumblings about its durability.
The Zeus bionic limb is yet another solid contestant in the bionic arm/hand market. Strong and durable with a lift capacity of 35 kgs and one of the highest grip forces in the industry, it is also deft enough to support a wide variety of tasks.
The Psyonic Ability Hand offers six degrees of freedom, sensory feedback, and fast response times. It is also strong and rugged with compliant, damage-resistant fingers and a lift capacity of 23 kg (50 lbs).
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.