BrainCo’s prosthetic hand has won Time Magazine’s Top 100 Inventions of the Year for 2019 for its low-cost, intuitively controlled prosthetic hand.
BrainCo, Boston, is a company incubated in the Harvard Innovation Lab. The prosthesis is controlled by the muscle signals detected from the user’s residual limb. When the handss algorithm detects the user’s intention, the prosthesis mirrors the movement. The device can be programmed to execute different gestures and has an intuitive mode where the algorithm will start to learn from the user and move naturally, interpreting signals in real time without the use of predefined gestures.
BrainCo has begun preparing for approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It plans to have the product available on the market in the second half of 2020 and to deliver the device for $10,000-$15,000.