Building a better hand

prosthetic hand
University of Illinois students are developing an affordable robotic hand for amputees.

URBANA, Illinois (WAND) A group of students at the University of Illinois is finding ways to lend a helping hand to amputees at a far more affordable price.

It makes the same movements as a human hand.

“They can do the open and close, they can do the fine pinch. They can do the three-fingered grasp, among other different gestures as well,” says graduate student Aadeel Akhtar.

And for a fraction of the price of most prosthetics on the market.

“Those commercial prosthetic devices cost $30,000 to $40,000,” Akhtar says. “And ours cost around $270 to make, so there’s a huge price difference there.”

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