Microchip prosthetic offers new freedoms for those missing a hand

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Revolutionary technology is giving people who rely on prosthetic hands new freedoms and the ability to use their prosthetics like never before.

The German company Otto Bock designed The Michelangelo Microprocessor Hand. Users manipulate the hand by moving their arm muscles. A sensor in the prosthetic reads those electrical impulses and translates them into hand movments.

Designers say it's a huge step up from the current electrical version, which has more limited grasping abilities.

It can take up to three months to learn to use the Michelangelo.

The prosthetic costs $60,000 and a number of insurance companies won't cover it because they consider it experimental.

The manufacturer will be fitting disabled war veterans at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. with the new technology.


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