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The custom-made motorised digits, which cost between £35,000 and £45,000, are directly controlled by the brain and yet require no surgery.
Those fitted with the device can bend, touch, pick up and point, simple actions which can be impossible with absent fingers and thumbs.
Originally posted by civilchallenger
It seems like this invention is a major milestone in human progress. By the time this is perfected I suspect they may have started to figure out how to coax a hand into literally growing back... but by then maybe the bionic hand will be considered even better than a real one.
Originally posted by nerbot
Sounds great, but will I be able to play Mozart with these on a piano or is it more a case of butterfingers?
Maybe with use and practice these things could help these people do normal things even better than someone with all their digits. Heck, they could get an extra digit or two installed and really go for it?
The rise of the machines?....Cyborg?....Quick someone....DESTROY THE CHIP!
Originally posted by TrueBrit
I think in the future these bionics will be pre laid with organic circuits,allowing skin and nerves to grow over a sub dermal implant version of the current device.
Originally posted by The dragon is taking over
And no real surgery required? That's great! As much as I fear robots and animatronics, this is a real leap in technology for amputees. It's crazy how we humans can use our intellect to make such amazing things!
Edit: Mushibrain-- the videos in your post, scare me greatly. =( Scary! *puts head in hole in the ground*
Originally posted by SweetRevenge
Theres a girl in one of my courses who lacks full arms and I'm amazed how well she can keep up with the coursework.
I also had a friend with a prosthetic arm and a more, wing-shaped, appendage (with a thumb and one finger) during my childhood and he could beat videogames!
Never underestimate the human spirit! I think if they can go that far without the same digits as us, how far could they go with gear like this?