3 Examples of what Prosthetics Used to Be and a Look into the Future in MotionMonday, March 7th, 2016
I was just in New York for my birthday last weekend, and it was the first time where I consistently wore my hand for like ten hours a day for five days straight,” said Vikram Pandit.
Vikram is an operations manager in his mid-20s, and he has a congenital amputation. He’s been wearing a prosthesis more or less since he was born. And Vikram’s not alone: Almost 2 million people are missing a limb in the United States, whether it’s from illness, trauma, or something they were born with. For many of these people, prosthetics can be game changing.
Humans have actually been using prosthetics for thousands of years.
The Roman general Marcus Sergius was said to have an iron hand as long ago as the Second Punic War in the 200s B.C. But for most of time, the prosthetics have been bulky, rough things.
There’s some amazing research coming down the line that could make future generations of prosthetics extra useful to amputees.
Basically, prosthetic limbs aren’t just hunks of metal and plastic anymore. By adding motors, batteries, and computer processors, these limbs are rocketing out of the past and into the future.
To get some perspective on how far humans have come in prosthetic technology, check out these big comparisons.
By James Gaines