Coverings are very important for upper limb prosthetics. The Touch Bionics i-limb products are the first prosthetic hands to imitate the true movement and lifelike accuracy of a human hand, and the challenge has been to find materials that can move and flex in the same way that human skin does.
i-limb skin active
Some people particularly love the robotic nature of the uncovered i-limb prosthesis, and prefer not to wear it with a lifelike glove. However, because of the need to provide a grip surface and to protect the hand from dust and water, the i-limb ultra still requires a covering of some nature.
In response to this user preference, Touch Bionics has developed i-limb skin active and i-limb skin active TS. These coverings are designed for simplicity and ease of use. They are made of a thin layer of semi-transparent, clear or black material that has been computer-modeled to accurately wrap to every contour of the hand. The i-limb skin active TS includes a conductive tip on the index finger, making it compatible for use with touch screen devices. Both coverings come with slip coating on the inside and back of the hand for easy donning and doffing.
i-limb skin natural
The majority of people with upper limb loss wish their device to blend anatomically with the rest of their body, and opt for a lifelike covering for their i-limb prosthesis.
Touch Bionics offers an off-the-shelf silicone covering called i-limb skin natural, which is available in male and female versions with 18 different skin shades.
i-limb skin match
For people who desire the most realistic covering option possible, Touch Bionics can provide i-limb skin match, a fully customized silicone covering that is hand painted and exactly matches the user's skin tone and features.
For patients who prefer something different, the custom design of i-limb skin match can also be extended to creative, artistic designs.
These custom coverings are created by our livingskin team, who also create our range of passive silicone prostheses.