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Touch Bionics unveils i-limb quantum at ISPO Congress
Touch Bionics unveils i-limb quantum at ISPO Congress
TOUCH Bionics has unveiled a significant addition to the company's i-limb range of bionic hands at the International Society of Prosthetics & Orthotics (ISPO) World Congress in Lyon, France.  
The i-limb quantum incorporates the company's patented i-mo™ technology and is the first upper limb prosthesis that can change grips with a simple gesture. 
'We were pleased to introduce the i-limb quantum at the ISPO Congress,' said Ian Stevens, CEO of Touch Bionics. 'The new hand combines unsurpassed functionality with design style.  
'It is smarter, faster, stronger and smaller than any of its predecessors. i-limb wearers can quickly utilise the many grips available through the activation of gesture control using i-mo technology embedded in every i-limb quantum.' 
'The i-limb quantum is the most advanced prosthesis available for individuals affected by limb differences,' said Rebekah Marine, i-limb wearer.  
'I particularly appreciate the ability to almost effortlessly choose different grips using subtle but distinct gestures.  
'The new extra small size will appeal in particular to female users and children.' 
i-limb quantum - key enhancements: 
Smarter - i-mo technology uses simple gestures to change grips. 
Faster - boost digit speed by up to 30 per cent. 
Stronger - up to 30 per cent more power when needed. 
Smaller - anatomical styling now available in three sizes. 
Touch Bionics founder David Gow, the inventor of the i-Limb prosthetic hand, was also recently presented with a CBE.

3D printed hands in the running for £50,000 first prize
TEN designers, developers and entrepreneurs have been named finalists in the inclusive technology prize - a competition intended to help unearth new products, technologies and systems for the 12.2 million people living with a long term illness or disability in the UK.  
The Inclusive Technology Prize is designed to champion the issue of assistive technology and encourage co-creation with disabled people. 
More than 200 ideas were entered,with the judging panel whittling this down to just 25 semi-finalists in March. They each received £2,000 in addition to support from Leonard Cheshire Disability's Enterprise and Innovation Team to develop their ideas.  
The 10 finalists will now each receive £10,000 as well as tailored support to develop a prototype, conduct user testing and create viable business plans. A winner will be selected from the finalists in March 2016 and awarded £50,000 to help bring their product to market.  
Finalists for the prize include: 
n HandyClix from National Star: Wheelchair lap belts require two hands to connect them but many users are impaired in the use of their hands. HandyClix is a one handed lap belt designed to allow the user to attach and tighten it themselves. 
n How do I? from Swiss Cottage School, Development and Research Centre: Uses Near Field Communication (NFC) to teach independent living skills to those with learning difficulties. 
n Affordable Hands by Open Bionics: 3D printing of bionic hands that will be sold to amputees for £1,000 directly and helping to promote independence, including, picking up forks, getting dressed, or going to the bathroom.  
Constance Agyeman, programme manager at Nesta, and on behalf of the Prize, said: 'We're looking forward to working with the finalists to hone their inventions and help bring them one step closer to market. 
'Each of the innovative solutions helps to bridge the gap for the millions of people in the UK that struggle with everyday tasks and hope they inspire others to bring their digital and technological skills to bear for this audience.' 
The Inclusive Technology Prize is run by Nesta in partnership with Leonard Cheshire Disability and with support from the Department for Work and Pensions, Innovate UK, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and Irwin Mitchell.

Bombings survivor visits staff who cared for her
Bombings survivor visits staff who cared for her
A SURVIVOR of the July 7 London bombings has returned to St Thomas' Hospital to visit the staff who cared for her 10 years ago. Gill Hicks had both her legs amputated after being severely injured on 7/7. Over the course of three months she learned to walk again using prosthetic limbs.

University honours Winter Paralympics gold medal skiers
University honours Winter Paralympics gold medal skiers
QUEEN'S University, Belfast recently honoured two very special sportswomen for their outstanding talent and determination. Kelly Gallagher MBE was the first athlete from Northern Ireland to compete in the Winter Paralympics. A graduate in mathematics from the University of Bath, she won Britain's 
first Winter Paralympic Gold for skiing during Sochi 2014.

Touch Bionics unveils i-limb quantum at ISPO Congress
TOUCH Bionics, a provider of prosthetic technologies, recently announced a significant addition to the company's i-limb range of bionic hands at the International Society of Prosthetics & Orthotics (ISPO) World Congress. 
The i-limb quantum incorporates the company's patented i-mo technology and is the first upper limb prosthesis that can change grips with a simple gesture. 
Ian Stevens, CEO of Touch Bionics said: 'We are pleased to introduce the i-limb quantum at the ISPO Congress, the new hand combines unsurpassed functionality with design style.  
'It is smarter, faster, stronger and smaller than any of its predecessors. i-limb wearers can quickly utilise the many grips available through the activation of gesture control using i-mo technology embedded in every i-limb quantum.'
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