Touch Bionics introduces next generation i-LIMB prosthetic skin
4 February 2009
Touch Bionics, developer of the world’s first multi-articulating
bionic hand, has released a the new version of its i-LIMB Skin
prosthetic covering. With the new i-LIMB Skin, Touch Bionics has
developed a synthetic covering that is a closer reflection of human skin
function than has ever before been achieved.
The i-LIMB Hand is a unique prosthetic device that delivers compliant
grip, wraparound fingers, thumb movement and palmar grip to upper limb
amputees. As a direct response to patient feedback, Touch Bionics
developed the i-LIMB Skin to provide a superior grip surface and to
protect the hand from dust and moisture.
The product of more than 18 months of research and development in
Touch Bionics’ labs, the i-LIMB Skin is a thin layer of highly flexible,
injection-moulded material that is computer modelled to fit every
contour of the hand.
A unique, internal slip-coating aids movement and offers simpler
donning and doffing, and additional silicone at the fingertips gives the
skin a greatly increased durability. The i-LIMB Skin is available in a
choice of two colour options — black and clear.
"Some patients love the high tech appearance of the uncovered i-LIMB
Hand," said Mark Ford, US sales and marketing director, Touch Bionics.
"And for these people Touch Bionics has developed the clear version of
the i-LIMB Skin, where all the internal workings are on display — it
looks truly spectacular."
"We are very excited about the release of the i-LIMB Skin," said Hugh
Gill, Director of Technology and Operations, Touch Bionics. "The
proprietary slip-coating on the inside provides necessary glide when in
contact with the i-LIMB Hand, but without reducing friction and
elasticity on the outside."
"The specific silicon mix we use, combined with advanced injection
molding techniques, demonstrates yet again Touch Bionics’ commitment to
furthering the field of prosthetics and manufacturing technologies,"
Touch Bionics also provides fully customized aesthetic coverings
through its LIVINGSKIN product, which can include nails, veins and
freckles that match the sound hand perfectly. The company also continues
to offer the 10 colour variations of its off-the-shelf lifelike
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