Prosthetics supplier Steeper Group has launched a new product onto the upper limb prosthetics market in the form of the S-Charge System, which is set to be sold via the company’s network of distributors.
Designed to change the way myoelectric prosthetic hands are charged, the S-Charge System combines low profile, flexible S-Cell batteries with a visual display and a magnetic charging point.
The technology has been developed to eliminate the requirements of the long-standing switch system, which can be easily caught and accidentally activated by the user as well as being an additional weight on the forearm.
Carl Chatfield, product sales director at Steeper, said: “We are delighted to bring the S-Charge System to the global upper limb prosthetics product market. As the first of its kind, the system brings a new way of working for clinicians, whilst providing users with an increased element of awareness and control over their prosthesis.
“Previously, gauging the amount of charge left to power the terminal device was via a somewhat vague method for the user – but now, users can simply check with the press of a button, and be confident that they won’t be caught short on power”.
A prosthetist who trialled the unit said: “For many years, the battery systems we have used for upper limb myoelectric hands have often been heavy and quite bulky – and fitting the full system into the forearm can prove to be quite a challenge. In comparison, the S-Charge is a very lightweight system with the flexible, low profile S-Cell batteries neatly contained within the forearm easily.”