And Now, Bionic Fingers

DUBAI - A clinical centre in the Middle East to fit patients with the world’s most advanced bionic fingers and hands is under study.

The technology behind the “robotic” hands and fingers that look and act like the real thing, was demonstrated to His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, during his visit to Arab Health earlier this week.

“I was able to show Shaikh Mohammed that the hands function not just on a cosmetic basis but you can, for example, grip a cup of hot tea,” said UK Business Ambassador Lord Darzi, an eminent surgeon in the field of robotics, a former government health minister and the keynote speaker on robotic surgery at Arab Health.

Touch Bionics, the UK developer of advanced upper-limb technologies, is exhibiting bionic hands, fingers and artificial “living skin” at Arab Health, taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre until January 28 and featuring more than 2700 exhibiting companies from 70 countries.

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