Amazing footage of next generation prosthetic arm

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21 Responses to “Amazing footage of next generation prosthetic arm”

  1. cinemajay says:

    What if I want to use them as extra arms? Can that happen?

  2. x4e71 says:

    Mind controlled prosthetic arms are already in use. Search for “First Mind-Controllable Artificial Arm Gives Hope of Independence” on youtube. (As it happens, the first receiver — featured in this video –, died today as a consequence of an accident he had a few days ago.)

  3. Lobster says:

    Does the coffee bean have to be chocolate-covered?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Love the name: the inventor is obviously a movie buff as well.

  5. mincus says:

    Heard a great TED talk with him discussing the emotional side of this as well – “TEDTalks : Dean Kamen: The emotion behind invention – Dean Kamen (2009)”

  6. arboretum.ind says:

    Next stop: Automail?

  7. Frank says:

    If only Kamen could do something about the guy’s prosthetic hair.

  8. naty2101 says:

    It is great that a person can create something
    so important to help other people.

    This is something incredible and very good
    because this way people that have had an
    accident can be closer to having a normal
    life and be able to do things they couldn’t
    do before, they can do different activities
    with their families and friends.

    with this the people may feel they are owners
    of their own lives, they do not have to rely on
    other people and can have their free lives again.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Sure, the prosthetic was neat, but the stache was even better.

  10. RuthlessRuben says:

    @ Anon

    I seriously would like to know how he managed to take off his arm scraping a post while driving out of a car park. I mean, I’m not an expert here, but I usually exit car parks slowly because you can’t re-merge into traffic worth feces, the way they are usually built. But tragic for him nevertheless.

    @ x4e71

    It was in the news around here as well. Considering that he passed a standard driver’s license exam and had been driving for a while both before and after the accident that cost him his arms, it was probably an error on his part and not a malfunction of the prosthetic.

  11. Nuahs says:

    My uncle from Scotland was featured on Discovery Channel with one of these.

    http://www.touchbionics.com/patient-stories/donald-mckillop

    Interesting. I wonder who was first? Dean Kamen, or Touch Bionics. Either way, the beginnings of the Matrix!

    There is no spoon…

  12. sic transit gloria C.F.A. says:

    Prosthetic hand useful but don’t want to lose real one. Need it to pat girls if naught else.

  13. Gregory Goldmacher says:

    More interesting than control through a joystick is something that is still way off, but coming. Training the machine and the person together, so that an electrode array implanted in the surface of the brain controls the device. It’s been done in a very simplified way so far, but you know how technology develops…

  14. Chevan says:

    I heard a CBC piece a couple years ago about a prosthetic arm that used muscle nerve signals for control signals. They put a bunch of electrodes or something like that on the surface of the patient’s pectoral muscle, and with training they could control the arm pretty well.

  15. Chentzilla says:

    I wonder if these guys got to keep their arms when the testing is finished.

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