To be able to offer a really practical solution when people are making their choice of prosthetic hand is great news, according to David Wilson-Brown. (Prosthetist at Synergy Prosthetics, and Lecturer at LA Trobe University, Melbourne.)
TASKA™ inventor, Mathew Jury, listened closely to clinicians like David when he was developing the first prototypes of TASKA™. As clinicians and rehabilitation teams are crucial in guiding people with their choice of prosthetic design - their insights were invaluable. This process resulted in a design that addressed many of the weaknesses of other myo-electric hands, and provided some unique improvements that really sets this hand apart from the others.
According to David, although all people who lose a hand have different outlooks and expectations, from a pragmatist’s point of view – the TASKA™ allows people to do more. Its mechanical uniqueness means it could be a life changer for a lot of people.
“Putting it simply - it allows the user to do more tasks,” said David, “Every little design feature that gives it more practicality has been thought of. It’s waterproof and robust enough for an average man to do day-to-day tasks while reducing the risk of breaking something.”
Normal work for a handyman is not possible on other models as they are simply not strong or flexible enough. The fingers on the TASKA™ are stronger, and the 3 main grips can be operated from the hand itself, or from muscle responses. This choice makes life easier for patients, as training for different contractions of muscles for different grips can be complicated. It’s not with TASKA™ because the 3 main grips can do most things you need on the average day.
“ In short, the two main advances are the easy control system which allows you the option of a change a grip by hitting a button, and the hand mechanism itself which has a multi-articulating finger design that holds things securely and with a natural appearance.”
David explains further that basically it does similar things to other myo-electric hands on the market, but better. Having a wide stretch makes for a strong accurate grip of a wider range of objects. When TASKA opens and shuts, the thumb moves to the outside, mimicking the real movement of a hand. These new designs are important attributes in enabling people to use their prosthesis with more confidence and dexterity. Even improvements like fingers that can be automatically reset in position if they get overloaded, rather than breaking, is a major step forward in design. For the user it just makes life easier.
Different artificial hands on the market have different attributes, and the choice for some is personal, particularly if they want something that looks more like a hand. These things are weighed up in the patient’s personal choice - but it is our job to help them consider that such a solution will be less practical. The robustness of TASKA™ is very attractive to the active doer, the person that wants the freedom to do more in their daily lives.
David considers that once people discover the functional possibilities with the TASKA™ hand, and that they can now attempt activities that they never thought possible before - they will be genuinely excited and will want to do even more with their prosthesis. A fantastic outcome.
“ It is my experience that people who use arm prostheses who become more functional are generally happier and more productive in their everyday lives. There are a lot of people who are going to be inspired by the introduction of the TASKA ™ hand and what it means for them functionally.”
Working with their Prosthetist and the Rehabilitation team the new TASKA ™ user can expect to be inspired when exploring the extent of what they can do with this innovative design.