Ottobock has acquired BeBionic, a multi-articulated hand, from the British medical technology company Steeper, according to a press release. Distribution of the prosthetic hand will be controlled by Ottobock starting May 1.
“With this expansion, we are continuing on our path of innovation as a technological leader,” Hans Georg Näder, president of Ottobock HealthCare GmbH, said in the release. “The best possible fitting for every user — by taking over the BeBionic hand, we are accommodating a new generation of users”
According to the release, BeBionic will constitute a new highlight in the product range next to the Michelangelo Hand. The Michelangelo Hand features various grip types; however, the benefit of the BeBionic hand is its diversity of gripping patterns, such as separate control of the index finger. This makes it easier for prosthesis wearers to operate smartphones and tablet PCs, the release noted.
“Integrating BeBionic into our portfolio is another step on our way to future technologies,” Näder said. “The possibilities of the user will once again be significantly expanded once the functionality of these hands can be combined with pattern recognition.”