Claire Bates
Mail Online
September 21, 2011

A prosthetic technology company has unveiled an ultra-realistic range of limbs with features such as freckles, hairs and even tattoos.

Scottish company Touch Bionics have been hand-crafting upper limb prostheses for years but have recently introduced a new photographic system that is designed to help in the creation of passive prostheses.

The products called ‘Living Skin’ are made from high definition silicone and hand-painted to match skin tone and appearance. Touch Bionics’ CEO Ian Stevens said: ‘We believe that prosthetics and therapists will find these products to be very beneficial to their patients.’

The prostheses come in parts of fingers, whole fingers, hands or arms and are designed by a patent-pending imaging system called ‘Living Image’. If a patient needs a single prosthetic such as a hand or finger, experts use the system to scan the skin tone, features and shape of their remaining limb. The system simulates natural light for the best colour match and sends the resulting image via the internet to the production facility in Scotland.

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