Published On: Tue, Jun 16th, 2015 on 1:15 pm

Woman fitted with ‘world’s most life-like’ bionic hand

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A congenital amputee from London has become the first user in the UK to be fitted with a new prosthetic hand thanks to prosthetic experts headquartered in Leeds.

Nicky Ashwell Bionic Hand

Nicky Ashwell with her new bionic hand.

Nicky Ashwell, 29, born without a right hand, received Steeper’s latest innovation at a fitting by The London Prosthetics Centre, a private facility providing expert services in prosthetics.

Before being fitted with the bebionic small hand, Nicky would use a cosmetic hand without movement; as a result, Nicky learned to carry out tasks with one hand.

“Exciting and strange feeling”

Nicky, who works at an online fashion forecasting and trend service, said: “When I first tried the bebionic small hand it was an exciting and strange feeling; it immediately opened up so many more possibilities for me.

“I realised that I had been making life challenging for myself when I didn’t need to. The movements now come easily and look natural; I keep finding myself being surprised by the little things, like being able to carry my purse while holding my boyfriend’s hand. I’ve also been able to do things never before possible like riding a bike and lifting weights.”

Weighs the same as a large bar of Galaxy chocolate

Developed using F1 technology and specifically in scale for women and teens, the bebionic small hand is built around an accurate skeletal structure with miniaturised components.

The prosthetic hand weighs approximately 390g, which is the same as a large bar of Galaxy chocolate, and is strong enough to handle up to 45kg, which is around the same as 25 bricks.

The only multi-articulated hand with patented finger control system using rare Earth magnets, the hand has 14 grip patterns and hand positions to allow a range of precision movements.

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