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Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Gripping stuff: the world's first bionic fingers go on sale

The world's first bionic fingers which allow users with damaged hands to pick up a glass, hold cutlery and even write have been developed by British scientists.

Phil Newman, Director of Marketing at Touch Bionics in Livingston near Edinburgh, demonstrates the new bionic fingers Photo: PA The custom-made motorised digits, which cost between £35,000 and £45,000, are directly controlled by the brain and yet require no surgery.

Those fitted with the device can bend, touch, pick up and point, simple actions which can be impossible with absent fingers and thumbs.

They can also write and grip thanks to a special sensor that allows the fingers to detect when they have closed around an object.

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