Prosthesis-Controlling App Comes in Handy Smartphone App for controlling Prosthesis limbs Touch.

walkie talkie yellowFor years people have been telling me that relations, love and happiness are the most important things in life…At present I realise that I’m able to take or leave all that as long as I have this technological advancement in the world.

A new bionic hand has been unveiled that can be remote controlled via a smartphone app.

The app’s developer, Touch Bionics, unveiled the groundbreaking application, along with their latest prosthetic hand, in April of this year.

The hand’s artificial thumb is controlled by signals from the users arm muscles, which are interpreted by the hand’s internal systems. However, in a world first, it can also be controlled, very simply, via the use of the new app.

The app features an array of preset positions that can be selected by the user tapping the screen with her/his thumb. When a position is selected, the prosthesis can react instantly, changing to ‘thumbs up’, ‘just a little bit’ or ‘OK’ positions easily. The app is not limited to simple positions, however, and more complicated functions, such as holding objects, handling documents and even typing, are featured as preset options.

In addition to the app, the bionic hand also features improved dexterity due to the presence of new extra-sensitive fingertip electrodes. In addition, the thumb can now move into 24 separate positions, made possible either by the user or the app.

The Bionic Touch app configures the hand positions into playlist-like folders such as ‘work’, which feature all hand positions regularly used at work (typing, using a mouse etc), so that the positions are within easy reach of the user.

The app itself also features training modes designed to help people learn to use it quickly and easily as well as diagnostic features that can interact with the hand itself and troubleshoot any possible problems.

The app has already received a measure of positive feedback from users, Bertolt Meyer, who uses the new hand, was quoted by ‘New Scientist’ as saying, “Powered thumb rotation, combined with the mobile app and quick access to all these new grips, gives me natural hand function that I never imagined would be possible,”

Learning to use a prosthetic limb is an extremely painful and frustrating process, but this app may just make the process a tiny bit easier for those who use it.

Commissioners OK emergency radio contracts

Some of these expert writers on the web are at such a high level that i ponder if any of them have ever created a paperback? so sometimes i like to highlight these admirable articles and heres one i thought was fascinating the other day.
A new Lawrence County Emergency Operations Center comes with an upgrade of the countys emergency Walkie talkie communications system.

Tuesday, the Lawrence County commissioners approved a contract with Motorola for $5,705,384 for the upgrading of the countys radio system used by police, fire, ambulance and 911 dispatchers. The cost includes hardware at the communications tower sites, dispatcher console equipment and field units and associated hardware.

Brian Melcer, the countys public safety director, gave a presentation to the commissioners last week about the proposed enhancements. Motorolas was the lowest of four proposals the county received.

The commissioners also approved a microwave system purchase agreement at a cost of $798,940 with Microwave Network/Communications International for a system that will connect all the communications tower sites in the county. That company was the lowest of five bidders.

The purpose of both agreements is to provide better and more up-to-date Two way radio (stevegsltsz.wordpress.com) communications in the county and interconnections with surrounding counties, especially in areas that currently have lapses in communication, Melcer told the commissioners.

The upgrading of communications goes hand-in-hand with the countys construction of a new building in Hickory Township for its 911/public safety center, expected to cost around $5 million.

In January, the commissioners named Eckles Architecture and Engineering as the primary designers for the building. The commissioners have said they are planning to finance the project through a bond issue.

Melcer told the commissioners Tuesday he anticipates a groundbreaking later this year, with completion of the building in fall 2015.

In October, the county had extended a contract with Mission Critical Partners of Wexford and State College as consultants to continue with the project phases.

They commended Melcer and the consultants for their work in ironing out all the details for the proposed communications project.