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The Progression of Prosthetic I-Limbs

            Technology has come a long way over the past few decades, whether it was in medicine, academics or communication. Educators have more resources and materials to help students learn and teach them in school. Army families can FaceTime their husband or dad and actually see their face and hear their voice at the same time. Although these are all positive things, there is one thing that stands out to me. Bionics have really progressed over the years and can not only give people an arm or hand, it can completely change someone's life. Technology has changed the field of prosthetics and how they have worked. We've all probably heard of an IPhone, but how about I-limbs made by Touch Bionics. Imagine having a bionic hand that can be controlled by Bluetooth or a remote. Prosthetics is the most beneficial advancement in technology because people that were born without or have lost a hand now have mobile apps, grip chips and can even rotate their fingers at the knuckles.
             A mobile app called "I-limb" now allows the users of the bionic hand to choose from around 24 different grips by simply touching one button. Touch Bionics is said to be the first upper limb prosthesis that can be controlled by a mobile app. There is truly an app for everything. In "Britain's first bionic boy: Patrick, 16, overjoyed as he gets robotic hand so advanced it can be controlled via smartphone app" it says, "The I-limb is so sensitive it can be used to grip a single sheet of paper, play connect four or tie shoelaces" (McDermott). Technology has come so far that a bionic hand can grip something as thin as a single sheet of paper. In addition to this if you need to program a grip for even something more specific you can use Grip Chips. .
             Grip Chips are made to have specific grip patterns using Bluetooth-enabled devices. With Grip Chips you can pre-program things so a certain grip will happen when detected.

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