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Bionic Prostheses Empower Wounded Ukrainian Soldiers


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An engineer collects bionic prostheses for Ukrainian soldiers at the Esper Bionics office in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Bionic artificial limbs typically pick up electrical signals from the muscles that remain above the amputation site, thanks to something called myoelectric technology, to carry out an intended motion.

Credit: Evgeniy Maloletka/AP

About 20,000 Ukrainians have had amputations since the war with Russia started in February 2022. Some were able to receive bionic prostheses.

Ukrainian startup Esper Bionics now distributes 70% of its products at home, though before the war its main market was the U.S.

The company’s production hub in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv is working at full capacity; more than 30 workers produce about a dozen bionic hands a month.

Using AI, the Esper Hand can adapt over time, learning the user’s unique interactions with the hand.

From Associated Press
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