NBC’s Future Tech series just picked up this amazing video of Nigel Ackland, who lost his arm in an accident and now uses a carbon-fiber mechanical limb in its place.
The arm doesn’t contain a direct brain-computer interface – its movements are controlled by Nigel’s two forearm muscles and his other hand. Which makes it all the more impressive that Nigel can use it to pour beer, use a mouse, crack eggs and more, as you can see in the video. In the future, similar devices will be so refined as to be nearly indistinguishable from a natural arm. Others could even extend normal human abilities, à la Inspector Gadget.
For more, see the bebionic website or the original NBC story.
Amazing what this offers anyone challenged by a physical difficulty. Truly amazing. Of course for anyone with physical limitations. I can also envision widespread uses.