The concept of force-directed design has ledto a very efficient prosthesis with a natural look and feel,but it is difficult to judge in advance how users will reactto a prosthesis whose design is based specifically on theidea of indirect grasping. The simple prototype is not yetsuited for field evaluation, as it was primarily built totest and improve the design philosophies and principlespresented earlier. Reliability and durability tests have notyet been performed. In particular, it remains to be seenwhether the rubber bands will last an acceptable time underconditions of daily use. However, the Wilmer group has hadgood experiences with the application of rubber bands inelbow ortheses. For now, the prototype can only be judgedbased on limited laboratory measurements. When looking atthe results of these measurements, one should realize thatit was a first prototype, built with simple tools. A moreprofessional design and production will most likely improveits performance. The results look promising, but cannot bedirectly compared to measurements done on existing devices,because of the fundamental differences in design and mannerof use. For example, the idea of indirect grasping allows usto have almost all energy losses filled by the sound hand,making the prosthesis itself quite energy efficient. Sinceno clinical trials have been done, it is not known howeasily the prosthetic hand can be positioned. The designpresented here deals with the hand mechanism only. It is theopinion of the authors that the ease of positioning ismainly influenced by the kind of operating cable controlthat is chosen: shoulder control, elbow control,and so forth.
A second--and the most obvious--way ofachieving a more natural look is the use of a cosmeticglove. This, however, causes several new problems, as thestiff material of which these gloves are made deformsseverely during movement of the mechanism, causing greatenergy losses. A compensation mechanism was introduced thatsignificantly reduced those energy losses, since it storesenergy released when the hand relaxes and uses it when thefingers are flexed again. The considerable reduction of themain disturbing influence leads to improved feedback of thepinching force. In addition, the required operating forcewas much lower, which should make the prosthesis morecomfortable to use.
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The new prosthesis uses a standard male 1/2-in, 20-pitchattachment to the wrist unit. The harness cable runs throughthe centerline of this fixture. This routing allows rotationof the hand about the fixture axis without displacing theharness cable and moving the fingers.
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They are custom made for each individual, with great care and attention paid to all details of color, shape, texture and fit. In most cases these custom prosthetics are created with hard acrylic (paintable with nail polish) finger or toenails and are held in place by a customized slight pressure suction fit. They are often prescribed by orthopedic surgeons or hand therapists.
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Abstract — This paper presents the design of a body-powered, voluntary-closing prosthetic hand. It is argued that the movement of the fingers before establishing a grip is much less relevant for good control of the object held than the distribution of forces once the object has been contacted. Based on this notion, the configurations of forces on the fingers and the force transmission through the whole mechanism were taken as a point of departure for the design, rather than movement characteristics. For a good distribution of pinching forces on the object and a natural behavior, the prosthesis is made adaptive and flexible. To achieve good force feedback, the disturbing influences of the cosmetic glove are strongly reduced by a compensation mechanism. To further improve the transmission of forces, friction is reduced by furnishing the whole mechanism with rolling links. This force-directed design approach has led to a simple mechanism with low operating force and good feedback of the pinching force.
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Getting fit with a custom prosthesis is a process in which no step is completed with out the patient's involvement. Clients gain a psychological benefit from the realistic qualities of a prosthesis that allow them to focus on daily activities and living productive lives rather than being distracted by other peoples’ reaction to their scars or amputation.