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Make a Bionic Hand Touchscreen Friendly

Make non-conductive surfaces or Bionic Hands screen compatible with Electric Paint

Stephen Lowry was the first man in Ireland to receive a bebionic3 myoelectric hand. After losing his right hand he spent two decades trialling prosthetics before testing out the bebionic3 which he claims transformed his ability to perform everyday tasks. With access to a gradient of grip patterns and precise movements, Stephen is driving again and has even taken up flying lessons.

Despite the hand’s success, Stephen believes there are still some limitations that can be overcome. He got in touch with Bare in 2014 after trying our paint for the first time. “The bebionic3 is a brilliant piece of equipment, but the only thing I couldn’t use was my phone, until I came across Electric Paint.”

Mobile device touchscreen technology is hinged upon the conductive properties of human skin, so proves problematic when using the silicone based hand. By using a blob of Electric Paint he made a finger of the bebionic3 conductive and could interact with the screen on his phone.

Materials To begin you will need:

1 x Electric Paint Pen
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1 x Paintbrush
1 x Hairdryer
1 x Bionic hand

Step 1 Apply the paint

Use the Electric Paint Pen to apply a blob of paint to the end of the index finger.

Step 2 Make it even

Use a paintbrush to make sure there’s an even coverage on the tip of the finger.

Step 3 Dry the paint

Use a hairdryer to dry the paint. Once dry it should be conductive!

Step 4 Use your touchscreen!

Now the finger is conductive enough to interact with a touch screen! When you touch the screen of your phone it should register a conductive presence and trigger actions.
Let us know how you get on!

Step 5

Stephen using his phone.

Step 6

Stephen talks about his hand on BBC news.

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