Motorica’s MANIFESTO Hand is a multi-articulating bionic hand with some interesting enhancements including contactless payment, a screen, and a GSM module.
What’s On This Page?
- A Quick Look at the MANIFESTO Hand
- Grip Patterns & Control System
- Thumb Rotation
- Proportional Speed Control
- Sensory Feedback
- Wrist Design
- Size & Weight
- Lift Capacity & Grip Strength
- Water and Dust Resistance
- Glove Options
- User Software
- Suitability for Above-the-Elbow Solutions
- Additional Features
- User Feedback Survey & Results
- Considerations Before Buying an MANIFESTO Hand
- Related Information
A Quick Look at the MANIFESTO Hand
Unfortunately, we do not yet have any good videos of the MANIFESTO in action. In lieu of videos, here is how Motorica summarizes the MANIFESTO on its main product page:
Q1 In speaking with amputees across 25 different amputee support forums, we’ve found almost unanimous consent that the best way for amputees to learn about a new bionic hand on the internet is to see it in action performing activities of daily living. The least popular videos are the ones that try to make a hand look cool (like mini-movie trailers) without imparting any useful information. If you examine the video channels of all bionic hand manufacturers around the world, you will see that the usage statistics bear this out. “How to” videos like the ones put out by Open Bionics generate 10x to 500x as many views as the mini-movie trailers. The great thing about this fact is that “How to” videos are incredibly inexpensive to create. Just have an everyday user sit down and use the hand to prepare a meal, drink a glass of water, pick up a pen, etc.
The main value proposition for the MANIFESTO is that you get a capable bionic hand for a much lower price than its Western competitors with the added advantage of a) advanced features and b) personalized style.
MANIFESTO Hand Key Features
Grip Patterns & Control System
The Manifesto operates like most modern bionic hands. When the user attempts to move the hand, the muscles in the residual limb contract. These contractions generate electrical signals that are detected by sensors placed in the arm socket to press against the skin. The detected signals are then sent to a control processor that cleans them up and translates them into commands for the bionic hand.
The most common commands are:
- open the hand
- close the hand
- change the grip pattern or gesture
This entire system is referred to as a Myoelectric Control System. The MANIFESTO can use either single or dual sensors. The latter is preferred but some users only have sufficient musculature or muscular control to support one sensor channel.
With respect to grip patterns, the MANIFESTO Hand uses one small motor to control each digit. This means that the fingers and thumb can each open/close independently of the other. The patterns in which the digits do this are referred to as either grip patterns or gestures.
For example, one useful grip pattern might be to press the forefinger and the thumb together to pick up a small object. This is called a pinch grip.
The ability to stick your thumb up in approval is an example of a gesture.
The MANIFESTO Hand is capable of forming up to 14 grip patterns and 100 different gestures.
Q2 There are a couple of valuable things that you can do here to help readers understand. One popular approach is to use a gallery of small images to show the different grip patterns, and perhaps another small gallery to show the most popular gestures. A smart marketer would make the hand look good in these pictures by, for example, having a cool-looking model show the coolest gestures.
Q3 It is also common here to try to explain how the user changes grips/gestures. If your hand is particularly good/efficient at this, you are better to make a short video showing the user changing the grip or gesture.
Q4 Does the thumb rotate automatically based on the grip, or are you using passive thumb rotation. If the latter, I presume that moving the thumb into a specific position limits the available grips?
Proportional Speed Control
The MANIFESTO Hand offers proportional speed control based on the strength of the user’s muscle signal, which is how most bionic hands address this issue.
The MANIFESTO can open in less than two seconds.
Q5 Fair description? Is the closing time the same as the opening time?
The MANIFESTO Hand does not provide any sensory feedback.
The MANIFESTO Hand offers passive, 320-degree wrist rotation.
Size & Weight
Q6 We’ve started to get a lot more questions about this, particularly the weight.
Lift Capacity & Grip Strength
Q7 I did not see any statistics on this. Lift capacity, in particular, tends to be important to many potential users.
Q8 Typically, we describe here what kind of things you’ve done to improve durability, i.e. the types of materials that you used, where the fingers are collapsible, whether the fingers can be repaired locally, etc.
Water and Dust Resistance
Q9 Another important question for users. If you don’t have an official IP rating, we just need to convey the general extent to which the hand is resistant to water and/or dust. I’ve left our description of the INDY below as an example.
The INDY Hand has an IP65 rating, meaning that it is completely dustproof and is protected from water splashing and/or low-pressure water jets from any angle. However, it cannot be submerged in water.
Q10 Does the MANIFESTO need a glove? Is one optional? If yes to either of these questions, does the glove play a critical role in water & dust resistance?
Q11 Perhaps this is a good place to elaborate on how the appearance of the hand can be customized/personalized. I’ve left what we said about the INDY below as an example.
However, what makes the INDY unique among ETDs is that it also offers custom designs, including cool robotic looks:
This flexibility in appearance is more important than you might think. Many users prefer the durability and usefulness of ETDs over multi-articulating bionic hands for certain tasks, especially repetitive tasks where reliable control and device speed are especially important. However, users are increasingly choosing a customized look for all types of prostheses as a form of personal expression.
The INDY Hand is the first bionic device to combine both of these features.
Also, INDY’s custom fingertips (i.e. the hand without a cosmetic glove) are designed to operate touch computer devices.
We do not yet have any information on the specific batteries used to operate the MANIFESTO Hand.
What we do know is that the batteries allow for non-stop operation of six hours and can be fully recharged in two.
Q12 I think it’s a mistake to describe the operating period of your battery this way. Most manufacturers state that the battery will last for a full day of typical use and are typically recharged each night.
Q13 Does the MANIFESTO come with user software? Is it the same app used for the INDY? Any videos or screenshots?
Suitability for Above-the-Elbow Solutions
Q14 Can the MANIFESTO participate in above-the-elbow solutions? Has it been tested with any elbows?
Based on our information, the MANIFESTO Hand sells for…
Q15 To standardize the prices of upper-limb bionic hands (including one-piece devices like the Hero Arm and direct-to-consumer models like TrueLimb), we display prices as the net final price to the consumer, including all required components and prosthetist fees, for a typical below-the-elbow solution in the US market.
Because there are so many variables in this calculation, we use price ranges of $10,000 US, e.g. $10,000 to $20,000.
What are we trying to achieve here? There will soon be nearly 30 bionics hands on the market. We’re just trying to help consumers narrow their research to devices by general price range. For example, if someone has a budget of $25,000 (insurance plus cash), they can use our price lists to quickly determine that they shouldn’t bother looking at the i-limb or Michelangelo.
How do you know what the price range would be in the U.S. if you don’t operate there? Here are a couple of rules of thumb. If your wholesale price to the clinic is less than $10,000, then typically the prosthetist will add $10,000 for a final solution. So, a device with a wholesale price of $8,000 will typically sell for $18,000 as the final net price to the consumer.
If your wholesale price is between $10,000 and $20,000, you can generally double it to arrive at the final consumer price.
Above $20,000, it is not so easy to apply a formula like this, as the list of variables (such as discounts) begins to grow.
Ultimately, we’re just looking for what you think the price range will be in the U.S. For reference, see the bionic hand price list link below.
For a complete list of bionic hand prices, please see our bionic hand price list.
The MANIFESTO Hand is currently available in India, France, the UAE and other Gulf countries that can access installation in the UAE, Malaysia, and South Africa and other African countries that can access installation in South Africa.
Q16 Is this correct? We borrowed the list of countries from the INDY Hand as a starting point.
The INDY Hand offers a one-year standard warranty against defects in materials or workmanship under normal use.
The mechanical wrists, controllers, and EMG sensors are covered for two years.
Note, however, that the warranty does not apply to cosmetic and forming shells, residual limb sleeves, chargers, or batteries.
Also, there do not appear to be any options to extend the warranty.
Q17 These are warranty terms for the INDY. Do they also apply to the MANIFESTO?
This is a new section that we’re now adding to all bionic hand and ETD device articles because manufacturers are beginning to offer hi-tech features that we’ve never seen before.
For the INDY Hand, this includes the following:
- the previously mentioned ability of the custom (i.e non-glove) fingertips to interact with touchscreen interfaces;
- near-field communication (NFC) technology, which means that you can access the Motorica Control App simply by touching your mobile device to the INDY Hand;
- Bluetooth connectivity between the INDY and the App;
- you can integrate contactless payment features into the hand to make purchases easier;
- you can incorporate a small screen into the forearm socket shell or, alternatively, a smartwatch or smartphone.
Some of these may seem like novel gadgets but they are, in fact, a whole new horizon of capabilities that will increasingly allow bionic limbs to exceed the capabilities of natural limbs.
Q18 Again, these are the features for the INDY. Do they also apply to the MANIFESTO?
User Feedback Survey & Results
Are you currently using the MANIFESTO Hand or have you used it in the past?
If so, why not help others by sharing your experiences in this quick survey:
We do not yet have a sufficient number of survey participants to publish fair and accurate results for the MANIFESTO Hand.
As soon as we do, we’ll update this section.
Considerations Before Buying the MANIFESTOHand
As is increasingly the case with bionic limb companies in Eastern Europe and Asia, we’re seeing an explosion of technologies and creative ideas that are simply too compelling to ignore.
This is certainly true of the MANIFESTO Hand. Its low price, advanced cyber capabilities, and customizable appearance are all features that appeal to modern bionic hand users.
Normally, we’d be cautioning you here about doing business with a startup, but Motorica appears to have moved beyond its start-up phase, as it has:
- been in business since 2014;
- produced more than 2,400 prostheses since 2016;
- has a team of 86 engineers, coders, customer care, and medical professionals;
- operates in 12 countries.
That having been said, we will of course be reserving our final judgment until we hear back from end-users through our User Satisfaction Survey.
For a list of competitor devices, see current options for bionic hands.
For a comprehensive description of all current upper-limb technologies, devices, and research, see our complete guide.
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