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The World’s First Water-Resistant Prosthetic Hand

Hi, my name’s Mat Jury I work for TASKA Prosthetics, I’m the Product Director and my job is to gather
product information for what we might
develop in the future and I’m qualified in
electronics with an NZCE. My name’s Dave Lovegrove, I’m Head of Design
here at TASKA Prosthetics. I’m a trained mechanical engineer, but my job here is
to lead the teams in terms of design and
development of the products. [Mat] In 2002, I had a
mountain biking accident and broke both my arms and I was without the use of them for about 2-3 weeks with them both in plaster, and I was fascinated by the myoelectric hands that were coming on the
market at the time. So that was really
what got it started was actually being able to relate to being an amputee
for a short period anyway and also that fascination with small machines. So we make myoelectric hands and in particular, multi-articulating hands. which means a motor for each finger. What makes us a little different is that our hand is the most
robust hand on the market. So one of the key things about the hands function is it’s got flexible digits
around the knuckles, so they can be pushed, pulled, like a shock absorber and that means if you
whack the hand on a table, or you walk past a door
frame and clip the hand it doesn’t break because of the sideways pressure. [Dave] The design process really starts with the users and then, develop a lot of ideation
and problem-solving. It’s a transdisciplinary team, so industrial design, product design, mechanical engineering, you know software and electronics all work together. We want our hands to be lasting a good 5 years in the market, doing everyday things, all day, for a user and that’s a real challenge, when you think of your skin regenerating itself as regularly as it does. So our process is to make sure that we are confident that it can do that. [Dave] We like to talk about everyday activities and what our product does for a user is allow them to get outside and do things that they would possibly
ordinarily have done when they had two hands. So yeah they can get
out and wash the car, they can do some gardening, you know it just gives
them a lot more freedom and flexibility it allows them just to get out and do everyday things. [Mat] When a patient isn’t having to think, ‘how do I protect this device from breaking when I’m trying to achieve making dinner’ for aguments sake, it has quite a burden on the way they’re thinking. So the fact that the hand’s just simply tough, means that they don’t have to think too hard about doing a task. They can literally push a knife between fingers because they’ll splay and there’s no risk. Low-cognisance of load we call it, because they don’t have to think. [Dave] There’s a lot of things that probably you and I would
just take for granted, you know, just doing a
zipper up on your jeans, opening doors, shaking hands, all these type of things
that you do naturally and without thinking becomes quite a big challenge for people that
have lost their hand. So being able to give them the confidence to go out and do stuff again with a myoelectric TASKA prosthetic is a great thing to be able to do. [Mat] To get a hand that can go on women is imperative to us as one of the next steps and obviously we’ll be looking to have a smaller hand in the future. Most of the patients that we have worked with have already had a different manufacturers hand, and just the difference for them in being able to just get on with life that’s the difference and we’re not talking about rocket ships here we’re talking about, being able to wash your hands, I’m talking about being able to
do a bit of work in the garage without having to think about it, walking in the rain. I mean, these are just basic things that this product allows and we get positive comments through our Twitter
feed and the like everyday.

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