The Journal of mHealth Vol 1 Issue 3 (June 2014) - Page 20

Industry News 'Grip Chips' Let Hand Prostheses Think for Themselves Touch Bionics, a manufacturer of highend hand prostheses, has announced a number of new technologies that enhance their i-limb ultra revolution bionic hand. Of particular interest are the companies new Grip Chips. These coin-sized Bluetooth-enabled devices, can be stuck to any object to automatically activate a particular grip of the hand when it comes near. For example, when sitting down in front of the computer, the hand can immediately fold all except one of the fingers to make typing on the keyboard easier. Using the my i-limb app, patients can easily program grip chips with any grip or gesture and place in a desired location. Simply holding an i-limb ultra revolution device within close range to a grip chip will activate the programmed feature. The intuitive solution combined with the dexterity of the prosthetic hand enables users to perform a variety of activities with ease and precision. The limbs can be currently controlled using a smartphone interface that allows the user to select pre-defined grip positions for their prosthesis. The novel Bluetooth-enabled devices mean that these pre-defined grips can be more quickly accessed in relation to the users environment, allowing the correct grip to be assumed at the necessary time of operation. Other examples of how this can be practically incorporated into a patient's everyday life would be for activities like picking up a cup, or operating door handles. By automating the grip process the prosthesis becomes much more intuitive to the user's individual requirements. grammed via the mobile app. To make that process easier, the new i-limb skin active TS prosthetic hand surface works with touchscreen devices and all i-limb devices will be made compatible with the Android OS. For more information visit Touch Bionics online at: www.touchbionics.com n The grip chips add to the range of control options for users of the companies i-limb prosthetic limbs. In total there are 36 different grip options that can be pro- Proteus Raises $120M to Scale Smart Pills Proteus Digital Health has raised $120 million from new, undisclosed investors. The company will use the funding to continue its plans to commercialise its ingestible sensor system at scale, as well as to continue demonstrating the value of the technology on health outcomes and costs. The Proteus digital medicine platform is a medication management and adherence system that includes unique measurement tools, like sensor-enabled pills, a peel-and-stick biometric sensor patch worn on the body, and companion smartphone apps. The patch records when a pill is ingested and also tracks other things like sleep patterns and physical activity levels. The ingestible sensor component secured FDA clearance in July 2012, while the company’s sensor-laden patch got FDA clearance in 2010. “We are entering the commercial era of the Internet of Things (IoT) – your car, your clothes and increasingly your personal care products are going to be connected,” President and CEO Andrew Thompson said in a statement. “Our focus is on partnering with major health systems to deliver solutions that enable consumers and their families to switch on their 18 June 2014