When will it turn on him and break his neck?
Sorry, had to be done!
A British man who lost his right forearm in an industrial blending accident has been demonstrating a bionic replacement that's sensitive enough to grasp and pick up eggs without cracking them and strong enough to hold his beer. RSLSteeper, the British firm behind the BeBionic3 arm and hand, claim it’s the most advanced …
When will it turn on him and break his neck?
Sorry, had to be done!
It has a neural inhibitor, so were safe
Hats off to RSLSteeper, and Nigel looks like a top bloke as well. Losing your arm is tough enough as it is, he's come through it and kept his sense of humour as well. A well earned beer indeed.
While its cool, he has shit taste in beer.
Sorry, it had to be said.
Seeing him in the kitchen, I'm wondering about cleaning.
Specifically, ElReg's recent article about keyboards in the dishwasher dying...
Would he risk scratching his nuts with it?
Could you be a little more discreet?
I'm sorry, but we don't have a code word for a robot hand grasping a mans penis.
... a certain incident involving Howard Wolowitz...
I'm reminded of the Family Guy Star Wars spoof:
"Practice on a hot dog first..."
In all seriousness, this looks awesome and is great news for amputees. If I ever get my arm blown off, you better believe I'll plop down the cash for a frickin' robot hand!
Code word...or safe word?
Or, how long before he goes from TERMinator to SPERMInator? Any serious MALEaddiction gone WRONG could give rise to much MALediction gone LONG.... No, I am not seer a no debur girac....
The most incredible thing about this, is that during the segments when he is cracking the eggs and drinking a beer, he just looks like a bloke cracking an egg and drinking a beer - the prosthesis is so well designed and (more importantly) operated that it disappears into the background and we can just concentrate on what the guy is doing, not how he is doing it.
The prosthetic treads the line between "looks a bit like an arm" and "KILL IT WITH FIRE" beautifully, staying on the right side of the Uncanny Valley.
Ultimately, everyone wants an arm that looks like terminator, so they might as well stop making them look "life-like" and just go with it.
There is a trend here in the states away from faux-real looking prosthetics, at least for replacement leg pieces: Beautiful prosthetic legs that are made to be seen
There's a fella I know with a false lower leg... again, rather than hide it he often wears shorts, and this thing was CNC-milled from a billet of aluminium, anodised green, and has a shock absorber running up the centre... It looks like it belongs to an expensive motorcycle and pretty darned cool. 'Flesh coloured' plastic never does!
Well done him. And I'll bet he had to argue with his fitter to have the cosmetic covering left off. It's a problem we amputees face every time we get a new limb made. Prosthetics companies are so fixated on emulating the organic, they can't really comprehend the concept of us being quite happy to appear a bit robotic, or surreal.
Seriously though. Given a choice between say a carbon fibre shell, and mannequin pink plastic, which finish would you prefer on a prosthetic limb.
>Seriously though. Given a choice between say a carbon fibre shell, and mannequin pink plastic, which finish would you prefer on a prosthetic limb?
That's an easy one John- I'd choose the one that makes me look like the hero out of Crysis! Though I did watch a sci-fi short film, featuring a robot with classical blue-on-white porcelain body panels which looked rather fetching... http://www.robotshop.com/blog/the-gift-from-carl-erik-rinsch-611
Its like the most common form of prosthetic- spectacles... Many people actively choose models with large frames -especially ones with ornate arms- and no-one chooses Caucasian-flesh coloured frames (unless you include the inevitable lad in primary school whose specs have been repaired with a sticking plaster).
<TonyStark> Throw a little hotrod red in there. Jarvis </TonyStark>
'Flesh coloured' plastic never is, looks creepy and scares kids.
Robot stuff, shiny or CF looks cool and not scary. Unless you are Sarah Connor, of course.
Hairy, red, and squeaky... :-)
A hefty price tag to go with it but a very nice piece of kit indeed.
25K for a new arm, I know I'd pay it happily!
Oh i don't know, 25k sounds quite good for a replacement forearm.
Going with this and the prosthetic legs people have these days i guess we know figures when someone says "it costs an arm and a leg"
It doesn't show you how far his amputation is so i'll assume he has his natural elbow and half his forearm.
If i had to have one i think i'd prefer to have a foam-latex or rubber grip on the palm and fingers, the egg-cracking wasn't great (though still impressive) and the beer holding looked like it could slip out but i haven't looked at the arm apart the article and video.
Being interested in prosthetics i did wonder about the use of pain-receptors to sense touch-grip pressure
I can only imagine the difference that this arm makes to his quality of life.
I'm still looking forward to the day when I can get an extra third arm fitted so that I don't have to take my hands off the keyboard while I'm using a mouse.
Yup, but it's sad that it takes a war for it to get funded. There have been similar systems for a while, but they've never been able to iron out all the problems, largely due to lack of funding.
>Yup, but it's sad that it takes a war for it to get funded.
It is sad, but alas, war has been responsible for funding most technological development over the millennia.
"I'm still looking forward to the day when I can get an extra third arm fitted so that I don't have to take my hands off the keyboard while I'm using a mouse."
It'll do wonders for your ski-boxing, too!
using a 'mouse'.... right...
It's *my* mouse, and I'll click it as fast as I like thankyouverymuch!
It was £12k in yesterday's Metro, it's doubled in price. Does the the £25k version come with free clothes, boots and motorcycle?
Go-faster stripes, DAB radio and a big chrome exhaust. Just don't ask where the latter gets fitted.
I'd love an extra arm or two - Beeblebrox style. Then I could type, hold the phone, use the mouse and perhaps pour a drink all at the same time.
It's being worked on at MIT: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21628885.800-need-a-hand-wearable-robot-arms-give-you-two.html
As the old joke goes: "The Russians just used a straw and a Bluetooth headset"
Soldering- that is the job I most want an extra arm for.
This is one area of technology where I am glad to see that the UK is leading..
Not only with RSLSteeper and this arm, but TouchBionics, with their amazing i-limb prosthetic hands...
All we need is some boffin to finally figure out how to reliably link up with the nervous system!
I'm getting myself fitted with Wi-Fi
"I'm getting myself fitted with Wi-Fi"
Where will you plug in the backhaul cable? Actually I don't want to know...
It should be the law that all prosthetics sound like that!
I wonder how much it weighs at its weakest setting?
*goes into shed*
As an amputee myself, I get just about every reaction going from people on the street and I understand where he's coming from, but think he has the right approach to it, i.e. not trying to hide it.
Personally, I'm not interested in this kind of technology for myself as I have spent too much time (I was born with mine) and effort learning to cope with it and I only really have problems with video games that require the use of the right shoulder buttons on my XBox controller (and don't give me the option to reconfigure the buttons). People tend to be surprised when they see me doing mundane stuff like carrying pints from the bar, typing, chopping onions. I don't mind surprise, but I can't stand it when people assume I need help and provide it without asking (asking is fine - it's polite and I have the option to politely refuse).
However, I know a lot of people will find the technology improves their lives, so I wish this guy and the developers of the arm the best of luck.
Have you heard of Ben Heck? He's of interest to anyone who likes hacking and modifying hardware, but well known for modifying XBOX controllers for one-handed use. (Sadly, demand is a consequence of recent military forays overseas)
He can build to order, so he could just relocate the shoulder button or whatever, if your prosthetic allows use of the other controls.
I'm not sure if the technology or any applications can do it, but i wondered about using some kind of EEG equipment (such as Emotiv EPOC) to control a computer/games console/ any electrical gadget (with wifi link to a House controller)...
He's also designed purpose-built a one-handed controller:
Both the prosthetic and the bloke - respect in every way
I'd just change the video in one way - as he sits down to watch the telly with the glass in his one hand, I'd just have him crush the bottle and give a slightly evil grin :)
+1 I was actually waiting for that myself
Top Bloke. I wonder how long it took to train the muscles to control the hand. I'd expect it to be the most difficult part of the process, but perhaps not that much different from what they already have to go through with physical therapy after a traumatic accident.
I'm curious about how long the battery lasts, I suppose it'll be a battery race, hand or smartphone ?
Of course you could put a bigger battery in the arm, an usb plug, and chard the phone from the arm. Or just embed the smartphone in the arm,
Or a laser.
Is he actually Goldmember?
Well, OK an unfortunate blending accident at a smelting factory.
Just caught myself looking for the telltale trilobite sigil on that. Looks like it came straight out of the Mechanicsburg hospital.
I was waiting for him to clap his hands together and transmute something.