Currently created neurochips, includingincluding Elon Musk's Neuralink, solve several main problems, one of which is the return to normal life for people who have lost their limbs. For this purpose, it is necessary to have realistic, comfortable and inexpensive prostheses.
The solution to the last problem is proposed by the companyUnlimited Tomorrow, which was able to develop a process for creating a prosthesis that reduced its manufacturing time and cost, while maintaining high functional parameters of the device. The company uses 3D printing to produce the most realistic TrueLimb prostheses. The method of taking measurements from the patient also leads to a decrease in labor costs and, as a consequence, to a decrease in the final price of the product.
The TrueLimb prosthesis process does not requirethe presence of the patient during the manufacture of the device. It also eliminates the need for a worker to fine-tune the prosthesis. The whole process is automated, and the company receives measurements for the prosthesis remotely. For this, the patient is sent an iPad equipped with a 3D scanner that allows them to take a volumetric image of the extremities.
As a result, the cost of the TrueLimb prosthesisis about 8 thousand dollars, while similar devices on the market are offered for 80 thousand dollars. The innovative prosthesis even visited the White House, where President Obama greeted him back in 2013.
Unlimited Tomorrow guarantees a fitthe color of the denture coating, the color of the patient's skin. It is also possible to install batteries in the robotic arm, which are necessary for the operation of the electronics, controlling the communication with the person and supporting the functioning of the mechanism. In the future, the company plans to create leg prostheses as well as exoskeletons.