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Tunisian Entrepreneur Provides a Cost Effective Solution for Amputees

Cure Bionics — a Tunisian startup launched in 2017 is developing a 3D-printed solar-powered and affordable bionic hand to help amputees and other people with physical disabilities across Africa. he customisable bionic hand is made of Lego block-like parts that can be replaced if damaged or to match a child’s physical growth. Unlike traditional devices which otherwise require an expensive series of resized models as children grow up. The device works with sensors attached to the arm that detect muscle movement and an artificial intelligence-assisted software that interprets them to transmit instructions to the digits. The hand itself has a wrist that can turn sideways, a mechanical thumb and fingers that bend at the joints in response to the electronic impulses. The current envisaged price is around $2,000 to $3,000. Mohamed Dhaouafi launched his start-up from his parents’ home, at a time when many of his classmates chose to move abroad seeking higher salaries and international experience, he chose to persevere to realise his passion on Tunisian soil.