A New Beginning
As of the 31st of February 2017, Ottobock will have completed its acquisition of the bebionic hand, a project Ted Varley and a number of his colleagues had spent the past few years designing and refining. Prior to the takeover, bebionic was being produced at Steeper – a major prosthetics and orthotics company in the UK that specializes in upper-limb prosthetic development, orthotic manufacture, and clinical service.
The bebionic had grown to a size where it would benefit from being backed by a larger company, namely Ottobock. This sale also facilitated transforming Steeper back into the family-owned firm it once was. The development team were massively proud of the work they had done with bebionic, but with the developing technologies also knew they could do better and didn’t want to move away from the cutting-edge of prosthetic development. With this in mind, Ted made the decision to create his own prosthetic hand company that would specialize in advanced myoelectric and multi-articulating technology. Throughout the process of building this company, COVVI intends to consult with a network of individuals with amputations and other limb differences for their insight, as well as inviting collaboration with existing companies within the industry to inform its design and vision.
From there Ted will build on his existing experience of hand prosthesis design, matching and even bettering his previous work, and hopefully, recruit a business partner to oversee the corporate side of things so he can focus on bringing this dream to life. It doesn’t have a name yet, and it doesn’t even have a team to speak of, but he hopes he can convince his peers to join him in embarking on something truly extraordinary. For now, all we have here is an idea with great potential but with a little luck and a whole lot of determination, this could be the beginning of something new that could change the prosthetics industry forever.