Photo: Esper Bionix.
The company combines wearable robotics with stunning (and recently award-winning) design. Esper Bionics, a New York-based smart prosthesis startup, recently received the international Red Dot Award, which recognizes the best in design and sets new standards in the design industry. The company produces an artificial intelligence-based prosthesis that is highly maneuverable, surprisingly light and unmistakably sleek in design.
It’s part of a line of technology products that emphasize form to enhance core function – a welcome change from the medical device industry, whose dominant design is labeled “antiseptic.”
“Esper Hand offers full functionality that is surprisingly close to natural hand movement,” the Red Dot jury wrote. “Its self-learning technology allows users to perform daily tasks independently. Its technically elegant appearance makes the prosthesis a “lifestyle” product that the user wears with confidence. In addition, the design provides an individual body shape by accurately accounting for anatomical differences. »
The more the prosthesis is used, the more it improves
Of course, form must go hand in hand with function. In recent years, we have seen a real leap forward in prosthetics technology, thanks to the fusion of technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, sensors, and small-scale production, which allows the production of personalized products on a large scale.
The Esper arm can pick up signals from each muscle, allowing it to be controlled three times faster than other similar products. It is also lighter (380g) than many other prosthetic arms. Control, as in the case of the latest generation of controlled prostheses, is carried out through a non-invasive brain-laptop interface. The cloud software solution provides individual manual control.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning have played an important role in the development of prostheses. The more the owner uses it, the better it gets. It can detect the most repetitive user behavior patterns and thus predict user intentions and movements. This allows you to teach him to move intuitively, without any effort on the part of the user. It can also be controlled and trained through a mobile app.
Combination of technology and design
All this highlights a new reality that gives hope to those who wear prostheses. Putting on a stylish hand can be like putting on a stylish pair of glasses, being both an enhancement tool and a style statement. As the judges of the Red Dot competition said and as the Esper team believes, this is a product of a lifestyle.
“When we develop the Esper product, we always keep in mind that it is about rewriting the stories of millions of lives, helping people live more fulfilling lives. In our development process, technology and design play together… the combination of these two elements allows us to integrate the beauty, diversity and evolution of the human body into the design of Esper products,” emphasizes Dima Gazda, CEO and co-founder. Esper Bionix.