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Tunisian Startup 3D-Prints Solar-Powered Bionic Hands

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Programming the bionic hand.

The device works with sensors attached to the arm that detect muscle movement, and artificial intelligence-assisted software that interprets those movements to transmit instructions to the digits.

Credit: Bechir TAIEB AFP

Tunisian startup Cure Bionics has developed a three-dimensionally (3D)-printed solar-powered bionic hand, in the hope of helping amputees and other disabled people throughout Africa.

The device uses sensors attached to the arm that detect muscle movements, while artificial intelligence-assisted software reads these signals to transmit instructions to the fingers.

The hand features a wrist that can turn sideways, a mechanical thumb, and digits that bend at the joints in response to electronic impulses.

The prosthetic is customizable for children and youths, who otherwise need a series of resized models as they mature.

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