Awesome prosthetic bionics

Mikey 2 comments
Awesome prosthetic bionics

There have been some amazing advanced in medical technology recently but this one is particularly impressive.

The i-LIMB is the worlds most advanced bionic prosthetic which allows the wearer to control 5 individual digits via signals sent from existing muscles. The degree of accuracy is outstanding given the gentleman in the video below has only been using it for 4 weeks. Said Dr Geoff Robinson:

"Touch Bionics have fundamentally changed the benchmark for what constitutes an acceptable prosthesis ...Having tried it myself, I can vouch for the fact that it really does work in the way portrayed, even if one is fortunate enough to still have one's own real hand alongside"

My only grievance: What's the fascination with every tech company prefixing their products with the letter i? I thought Apple had dibs on that anyway.


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Tuesday 10th June 2008 | 07:02 PM

Yes the "i" fascination is a real bane isn't it.

Otherwise this is simply fantastic. 21 years without a hand and now that. I also love that their "NHS" paid for it, too.

Now that is the kind of research there should be much more of.

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Wednesday 11th June 2008 | 03:26 AM response to this comment by Rodney. Rodney- You are absolutely right. This is research is a great example of people trying to help others. We need more of it.

Mikey- Your comment about greivance is dead on! I thought the same thing! I could only come up with one word. "Marketing"

That got me thinking, what exactly is "the market" for this technology? I don't want to detract from such a great article and positive intentions, but we need to think about this:

Where was this technology before the war in Iraq? Before modern warfare, where the mortality rate is not so high, yet dismemberment is so common.

Sadly, I don't think this technology would exist if there wasn't a lot of money to be made(a market). As with most of our modern technology, it all goes back to war. :(

Again I am sorry to be so negative, I am starting to think it is an inevitable side effect to critical thinking. Once again great presentation Mikey!

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