THE WORLD’S FIRST ROBOT HAND FROM 1963 GETS A NEW LIFE MADE IN THE EUROPEAN CONGRESS OF RADIOLOGY IN VIENNA 2022
After its world premiere way back in 1963 at the Mihajlo Pupin Institute in Belgrade and the great impact it had on world medical robotics, the first prosthetic robotic hand with an external power supply is in new experiments that the Visaris company and the Museum of Science and Technology in Belgrade are conducting through advanced radiological dynamic imaging. For the first time, the public will be able to observe the sophisticated forerunner of robotic medicine in its dynamic movement.
Back in 1963, professors from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Belgrade, Rajko Tomović and Miodrag Rakić, started pioneering work on the production of an artificial hand. In the same year, the Institute constructed a model of the world’s first prosthetic robotic hand with an external power supply. The hand had five fingers, microelectric control and sensory feedback. It made it possible to grasp objects with bent and stretched fingers. This model of multifunctional external hand prosthesis is known in the world as the Belgrade hand.
Although it was not used as an orthopedic aid or in clinical conditions, the “Belgrade Hand” influenced the development of other prosthetics, as well as humanoid robotics in various fields of science and medicine in the world. The work on the robotic hand intensified further activities in the field of robotics at the “Mihajlo Pupin” Institute, so in 1967 the Laboratory for Robotics was founded, the first in Southeast Europe.
Today the famed “Belgrade Hand” awakens again as never seen before. With modern advancements in radiology, we are able to see and marvel at the inner working of this prosthetic device that inspired the global robotics revolution that continues to change people’s lives and industries of all types around the world both today and into our exciting future. Moving video, (dynamic imaging), techniques, show the amazing details of this technology for the first time from the inside as it demonstrates its sensitive motions.
The Belgrade Hand, both inside and out, will be on display at the European Congress of Radiology in Vienna, July 13-17 at booth X3, #301
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