Our dear friend, Dan Gropper, is one of the very first recipients of a brand new technology that he calls “a game changer.”
A quadruple amputee, Dan had been using a series of hooks and appliances to do things like drive and play golf. Now he’ll be able to do those things with a pair of human-like hands called Michelangelos. The prosthetic hands are made by Ottobock, a German company, and are able to mimic seven different hand motions, Dan is the first person in the world to be fitted with them. They cost $80,000 each and were covered by his insurance.
Dan controls his new hands by contracting muscles which send an electric signal that is then converted to motion. His new hands regulate pressure, which allow him to do things like eat a grape without crushing it.