Future Bites

Bionic Arm Can Click Mouse, Peel Veggies

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.

Closeup of BeBionic3 robot prosthetic hand

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One thought on “Bionic Arm Can Click Mouse, Peel Veggies

  1. 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.

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