You'd think being born without a forearm would be limiting for a smartphone user. Not for catering manager Trevor Prideaux, who flipped his handicap on its head and turned his prosthetic limb into a dock for his Nokia C7, The Telegraph reports. Trevor Prideaux's prosthetic smartphone arm Source: SWNS Prideaux came up with the …
Apple were probably right
You have to think that if Apple had developed a prosthetic arm with a dock for the iphone there would have been some people insisting on surgery just so they could have one fitted.
everyone else in the world who already has a prosthetic arm getting sued by apples developers... i mean lawyers for infringing the basic concept of the iArm, which is, of course, apple proprietary kit.
They wont be the first people going through unnecessary surgery in order to get an iPhone
I thought that was going to be the latest publicity seeking from Captain Cyborg.
"With the company apparently unwilling to lend a hand"
Just a bit of armless fun
obivous next step
Is to have the phone act as control/diagnostic device for arm. Bound to be a number of other ways it could be used.
Inspired by Leela...
Does he have to uncradle it to talk, or walk around with his arm against his ear?
Serious question. That is an epic bit of kit, but the logistics of it intrigue me.
eh... just reach up with the arm. Your forearm is within reach of your ear, try it sometime.
Or use a wireless headset!
Cheaper, and works for ANY phone, MP3 player or what have you.
Cheques to the usual address please.
Good idea. But surely cutting a couple of holes in an off-the-shelf phone case and threading a strap through it that could be attached to his limb by means of velcro or a buckle would be cheaper and just as functional?
With a hook like that, shouldn't he use an Arrrr-Phone?
That's all well and good
But will it blend?
That is excellent!
Nice work Sir.
Imaginative and practical design.
There's not an app for that.
At first I thought...
...this would be about that dick from Reading Uni, whatever his name is. But this actually seems like a good idea for someone with only one arm.
Is the one for the iPhone
near the back pocket?
Be that legal software on 'is phone?
give my right arm for that...
Need I say more. Well all right then - it's those little moments, or a pretty big one for the individual concerned in this case, that make the world of difference to just one customer. One in millions, but that matters and should matter to all of us. I'm surprised that Apple didn't take the same approach as Nokia - it is just a little thing and then again so is a customer.
Re: "I'm surprised that Apple didn't take the same approach as Nokia.."
I'm surprised that you are surprised. If you are not famous or influential Apple don't give a fuck - they never give away free stuff to 'nobodies'.
You're surprised at Apple?
They're the company that made infamous "you're holding it wrong". How do you think they'd react to a person wanting to have it mounted in their arm?!
How would they react?
They'd probably insist it was white only.
Captain Cyborg (Kevin Warwick) will be devastated
That this guy beat him to it
Missing the important part
This guy has a hook for a hand. A hook for a hand! I mean, that's just awesome.
Does this docking device limb use an ARM processor?
you beat me.
It looks like he's got the earpiece cradled towards the crook (and conversely the microphone towards the "wrist") so even if he could comfortably raise his left forearm to his right ear, the phone would be "upside down". Unless he just cradled it that way for the pictures. Is the form factor symetric?
Looks like it is symetical the phone in the bottom picture is the other around to the top one.
The real reason Apple dropped outj
The dock was better suited to a device with an ARM chip.
The A4 processor used in iPhones is an ARM device.
And the Nokia is just sugar on top. Send the man an N9!
I'm more interested in
The attachment at the end of his arm. It looks like it could brew up a cuppa. Very handy.
Not quite so handy for scratching your balls though.......
Re: Not quite so handy for scratching your balls though.......
True, but wouldn't you prefer to keep the cuppa-brewing and ball-scratching functions separate?
I guess that's
running an ARM processor?
Useful & novel
That probably explains why Apple wasn't interested, besides they didn't see any gestures to patent.
This reminds me of the 'companion' implants in Robert J. Sawyers Neanderthal Parallax trilogy. Those used something like Siri, though. I guess Sawyer stole the idea from Apple and just published the book earlier to try and get away with it.
Oh, and @ CraPo: either the speakerphone or a BT headset would take care of that.
pppfffttt...who wants an iphone anyway!!! Apple are a-holes.
Good on him, looks très AWESOME!
wish I had a hook hand sometimes.....
When I saw headline I assumed said man was Kevin Warwick
Surprised to see it was not the case…
incorrect apple response.
Apple did actually offer to help, but advised they only provided an all-in-one prothesis which cost 50% more than comparable types but the phone and dock were non-replaceable parts.
All Apple required was a fingerprint from each han....err.....
"We are unable to help"
If he replaces the hook with a hand
Then he can go for the correct way to mount a phone in an artificial arm: mic in the end of the little finger, speaker in the end of the thumb.
Why the pit.
Duck tape or similar would have done.
Man + Motorola Droid Bionic = Bionic Man
Imagine the conversation come upgrade time
"Yeah, a new handset would be great, but will it fit my arm..??"