The Michelangelo Hand –
Functionality Meets Design
Few parts of the human body are as important and complex as our hands. Thanks to four movable fingers and a thumb that can be separately positioned, the Michelangelo® Hand offers innovative, never-before-seen gripping kinematics giving those with upper extremity limb loss new degrees of freedom and restoring numerous hand functions for the user.
In order to achieve a natural movement pattern, the hand is equipped with two drive units. The main drive is responsible for gripping movements and gripping strength while the thumb drive allows the thumb to be electronically positioned in one additional axis of movement. Actively driven components are the thumb, index finger and middle finger. The ring finger and little finger passively follow the movements. This versatile functionality offers seven different gripping options. The new technology also has a “neutral mode” for resting the hand in a natural position, and a repositionable wrist joint offers a more natural shape and movement. The Michelangelo Hand uses advanced software that increases the responsiveness and predictability of the hand, making it much easier to operate.
True to its namesake, the Michelangelo Hand offers life-like, sculptural design. the Michelangelo® Hand features an extraordinary physiological design. For example, the fingers are made of both hard and soft materials and model bones, joints, muscles and tendons. The new oval wrist adapter also appears much more natural and permits the pronation and supination of the wrist joint. These details, based on nature as a role model, make a major contribution towards the acceptance of the Michelangelo® Hand. PVC cosmetic gloves for daily use are available in six different skin tones and complete the realistic look of the Michelangelo® Hand.
The new technology will be available in limited release this spring; those interested in learning more about the technology should call 1-877-4Hanger.