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Health topic Physical disabilities
Health classification Treatment

Problem being addressed[edit | edit source]

Several high technology prostheses are available worldwide however these are often too expensive. The high cost is a barrier to access in developing countries.

Detailed description of the solution[edit | edit source]

The hand can exert approximately 14 N of force with a powerful and precise grasp. The palm is made out of a wood plate, and the fingers are light, robust, and resemble human fingers. The device also takes advantage of using of one-way tendons so that complex dexterity is not required.

Relevance to developing country settings[edit | edit source]

This device is designed for developing countries because it can be built without special technical skills or machines. Although it does not provide fine manipulation, it is a cheap tool that could aid in farming and other daily tasks.

Designed by[edit | edit source]

  • Designed by: Enrico Ullmann
  • Manufacturer: PMARlab Robot Design Research Group of the University of Genova
  • Manufacturer location: Genova, Italy

Funding Source[edit | edit source]

This device receives academic funding from the University of Genova.

References[edit | edit source]

Internally generated reports[edit | edit source]

Ullmann, E., Cepolina, F., and Zoppi, M. (2004, July 1-2). Upper limb prosthesis for developing countires. Proc. of IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Manipulation and Grasping. PDF available here.

Page data
Part of Global Health Medical Device Compendium
Type Medical equipment
SDG Sustainable Development Goals SDG03 Good health and well-being, SDG09 Industry innovation and infrastructure
Authors Eva Shiu
Published 2012
License CC-BY-SA-3.0
Language English (en)
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