Connecting prosthetics to neural and soft-tissue systems
Lack of standard connectivity is a huge obstacle for amputees. While we’re used to connecting devices with USB or wire, no such mechanism exists for prosthetics. Connecting prosthetics to neural and soft-tissue systems could transform how we help amputees rehabilitate, leading to happier and healthier lives.
Cambridge Bio-Augmentation Systems aims to develop a standard connection between bionic devices and neural and soft-tissue systems within the body, so that putting on, taking off and exchanging prosthetic devices is seamless and painless. The first product is currently in pre-clinical tests, and Armitage, together with co-founder Emil Hewage, hope to release it in 2018, at a cost between £3,000 and £5,000. The pair hope to make it available on the National Health Service (NHS), and say it will have a lifetime in excess of 20 years. The benefits for those who have lost their limbs could be priceless.