(Photo from TASKA™ Prosthetics)
Washing the car. Tying your shoe. Raising your glass in a wedding toast.
Nothing out of the ordinary about any of that. Nothing difficult either. Except for someone who uses a prosthetic hand (and that’s tens of thousands of Americans).
But now there are prosthetics that let a person do a lot of what a hand can do, like tie a shoe, raise a glass, or wash a car.
THAT hand in the picture, is made by TASKA™ Prosthetics. It can do all those things, and a lot more. Advanced myoelectrics* make that possible. So do advanced materials like the composite plastics made from the petrochemicals that help make this hand strong and flexible and waterproof.
There are a variety of high-tech polymers used in TASKATM hands. From polyurethanes made using benzene and propylene, to copolyamides and butyl rubbers that start with butadiene and other butylenes. These materials are a break from the traditional hard plastics and provide a more life-like experience, allowing for many more of the tasks we take for granted.
“My son used to rub his hand on mine to wash my hand…Now, because TASKA™ is waterproof, for the first time I can wash my own hand. … It opens your life up in other ways too. People look at my TASKA™ with interest, not pity. It’s not Luke Skywalker technology — but it’s simple, practical, smart and very cool.”
You can type on a keyboard and you can move a mouse with it. You can pick up a piece of paper or a bucket of water with it. And you can drive a car, and yeah, you can wash the car too.
“I no longer have to worry about something as simple as picking up a coffee cup without crushing it, picking up my kids toys or squeezing a sauce bottle without running into a small eruption! … [And]] TASKA™ has given me the ability to securely and safely hold a knife and fork, making food preparation a breeze.”
There’s a long list of everyday tasks, motions, gestures that we use our hands for without even thinking about it. Now people with an advanced prosthetic hand can do more and more of that too with some help from high tech, and high tech materials made from petrochemicals.
*Myoelectric prosthetics use the electrical impulses our muscles naturally generate, to control the prosthetic hand or other limb — using battery power and electric motors.