There are many incredible feats of technology in the world. We are absolutely and positively immersed in them. They surround us at every possible turn. This is the reality of the world we live in. This is the digital age. In the fields of health and science specifically and collectively, the sophisticated technologies behind all the incredible advancements and discoveries are only becoming more progressive as time goes on. Take the impact of technological means on physically disabled bodies, for instance. Prosthetics are not a new concept by any means, but the technology driving prosthetics has become vastly more advanced in recent years. The magic of prosthetics is that it can ultimately give some lost control and physicality back to physically disabled people. It is an incredible notion, and it is one that has changed the world for millions of people all over the world, since the first prosthetic was fitted to the individual it was specifically designed and built for. Now, the technology behind prosthetics is reaching its next iteration – and it is by far its most impressive yet.
For physically disabled individuals, life is harder than it is for those of us who are lucky enough to be fully able-bodied. Those of us who are lucky enough to be entirely able-bodied sometimes take for granted the fact that we are so healthy. Physical health is such a prominent aspect of whole health, and so we sometimes simply forget to consider how it would feel if we were suddenly out of odds with our physicality. Regardless of if an amputee has always been without a limb, or has lost their limb at some point in their life, it is more than fair to say that it causes a physical imbalance (literally and figuratively) that can take quite a lot of adjusting and realigning to get used to. Physical disability is a devastating circumstance to live with, but thanks to the latest and greatest ongoing advancements in prosthetics and the technology that makes them possible and powers them forward, amputees the world over are getting the chance to rediscover what they have unfairly lost.
Prosthetic technology is an innovation in the health industry that has had many exciting innovations in its time. One of the most recent of all is none other than the development and further advancement of the bionic hand. Once a motion of wishful thinking, the bionic hand is the start of an all-new revolution in prosthetic technology. Currently, the movement of prosthetics is controlled by motors. These motors use external signal stimulation from the surrounding muscles to power the prosthetic. It is important to note that this is a life-changing innovation in itself, of course. However, in this new bionic hand, the individual’s intentions are interpreted by a machine interface that sends signals to the prosthetic. The bionic hand relies on eight individual electrodes to pick up (sometimes weak) signals from the part of the body the prosthetic is attached to. It is a truly awe-inspiring evolution in prosthetic technology, and if all progresses well, it is likely (if not certainly) to be the first of a bionic movement in prosthetic technology.
Our physical health is an attribute that many of us tend to take for granted. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, the point remains the same: for those of us who are privileged enough to have the full use of all our limbs, we should be making the most of life and making it our business to be more mindful. Amputees deal with a lot of challenges as a result of their impairment, and it can be tremendously difficult to overcome some of those hurdles; especially on an ongoing basis, it can be exhausting. For this reason, the marvels of prosthetic technology are especially awe-inspiring. Prosthetic technology is aimed at creating life-changing shifts in the lives of amputees, and currently it is progressing further and faster than ever before. This is a whole new frontier in the world of physical health and that of prosthetic technology, and it is the beginning of the bionic movement in prosthetics. There is still so much work to be done, but this is a technology that continues to change lives the world over, time and time again.
Health is something that, in all regards, many people tend to take for granted. While many of us are very aware of how incredibly blessed we are to have the good health that we do have, others are not so lucky. In the case of physical disabilities, it can be a challenging journey (to say the least). That is why technologies as powerful and progressive as the technologies that bring to fruition and then power prosthetics, are so innovative and life-changing. There is something to be said about the power of prosthetic technology, and the life-changing motions it propels into play for the amputees it sees to serve and significantly improve the lives of. Prosthetic technology is currently entering the bionic iteration of its evolution, and it is changing lives – and the world – in the process, in all the best and brightest ways.