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Bionic Hands to Become a Reality Soon?

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 8 years ago | from the can-you-handle-it dept.

Biotech 188

Spy der Mann writes "A highly dexterous, bio-inspired artificial hand and sensory system that could provide patients with active feeling, is being developed by a European project called cyberhand. The final prototype includes sensors for tension, force, joint angle, end stroke and contact."

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In other news . . . (5, Funny)

PIPBoy3000 (619296) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133089)

Steve Austin, Luke Skywalker, and Darth Vader all sue for patent infringement.

Re:In other news . . . (3, Informative)

Spudley (171066) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133122)

Feel the force, Luke! ... and the tension, and the contact, ....

Re:In other news . . . (2, Funny)

Spudley (171066) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133138)

By the way, does anyone else think it's ironic that the advert showing on this article is for light sabres? :-D

Re:In other news . . . (1)

SapphireSnowdrop (933925) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133393)

I was about to mention something about that, but everyone took my sarcastic commments. =)

Official Link with graphics and video downloads . (1, Informative)

zymano (581466) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133732)

http://www.cyberhand.org/ [cyberhand.org]

Re:In other news . . . (1)

Surt (22457) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133179)

Thankfully, all well out of patent lifetime.

Re:In other news . . . (3, Funny)

everphilski (877346) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133276)

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

-everphilski-

Re:In other news . . . (2, Insightful)

Paul Slocum (598127) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133349)

If anyone is going to enforce the patent, it's this man [devermore.net] .

Re:In other news . . . (1)

PixelScuba (686633) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133502)

Steve Austin

I imagine that would make the 'Stunner' quite difficult to pull off.

Switch-Off-On-Demand (4, Funny)

fembots (753724) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133091)

It'll be great if the sensors on these bionic hands can be switched on and off at the user's will.

This way, the users can grab burning lottery ticket out of a fire place.

Re:Switch-Off-On-Demand (3, Funny)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133154)

For a moment there, I thought you were going for a reference to "the Stranger."

Re:Switch-Off-On-Demand (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14133287)

What does a book [amazon.com] by Albert Camus have to do with numb hands?

Re:Switch-Off-On-Demand (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14133466)

I think he meant the other Stanger [urbandictionary.com]

Re:Switch-Off-On-Demand (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14133156)

This way, the users can grab burning lottery ticket out of a fire place.

Funny I was thinking of the same feature but more for the stranger [urbanup.com] technique

Re:Switch-Off-On-Demand (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14133247)

It'll be great if the sensors on these bionic hands can be switched on and off at the user's will.

This way, the users can grab burning lottery ticket out of a fire place.


Also turns mere masterbation into a full-blown hand job.

Re:Switch-Off-On-Demand (2, Funny)

c_forq (924234) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133317)

Until it needs to feed, and starts stealing old peoples medicine with its super strength, I better go stock up on Old Glory Insurance.

P.S. If anyone has a link to that SNL commercial, or a transcript, that would be great as I assume many mods here will have no idea what I am referring to.

stroking? (2, Funny)

Zencyde (850968) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133096)

Sooooo...what kind of stroking can be done with these new "bionic" hands?

Re:stroking? (1)

JoeLinux (20366) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133107)

Times like this, I wish I had (-1, Sick) Moderator option.

Re:stroking? (1)

crymeph0 (682581) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133130)

Or (+0, Sick but Funny)

Re:stroking? (1)

Zencyde (850968) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133148)

sorry, couldn't pass up the first to make that joke... no matter how awful it was :P

Hands check! (5, Funny)

cosinezero (833532) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133097)

Finally, a return to two-handed typing...

Re:Hands check! (1)

temojen (678985) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133163)

Actually, I was thinking the same thing, and it's not a joke in my case. But really, I don't need a new hand, I just need to somehow fix what's left of my right hand.

Re:Hands check! (1)

kn0tw0rk (773805) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133237)

Thats what you think!
The porn industry will have a new advertising initiative called 'lend a hand' for their newest product 'Ms Palmer' that will put a new spin on 'digit'-al entertainment :)

Re:Hands check! (1)

wpiman (739077) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133326)

Shit- why stop there. I could really cook it I have four hands to type.

Re:Hands check! (1)

Alef (605149) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133387)

If they have figured out a good way to interface with the nervous system, why complicate things by having a hand between the brain and the code? Imagine the typing speed with a USB cord plugged straight into the arm instead.

Re:Hands check! (2, Interesting)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133444)

I could use a third hand on many occasions. Imagine being able to hold a soldering gun, the object to be soldered, and the solder all at the same time.... On occasion, a fourth would be handy (no pun intended) when soldering two things together.

I probably grumble about wanting a third arm/hand at least twice a week. Of course, I would assume that at least right now, this just ties into the existing nervous system in your arm, which would make it less than useful for adding an additional appendage. That said, it's only a matter of time.

Re:Hands check! (1)

Alef (605149) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133678)

Yes, for soldering a third and forth hand would be magnificent. No more operating a pair of pliers between the little finger and the inside of your palm.

Re:Hands check! (1)

InterestingX (930362) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133687)

Why complicate things by having a brain and body interfaced with it? Just have "Thing" crawl around by itself.

What if you had two normal hands now? (1)

sgant (178166) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133599)

Was thinking: I have two normal arms and hands now, but could I attach another set of bionic arms and hands?

How about bionic tentacles? Like 4 metal bionic tentacles attached...I don't know...to my spinal cord somehow. Would that be possible? Make them really strong too, and extendable.

Yeah...that's the ticket! Then I will make them pay! Oh yes, I will make them ALL pay! MWHAHAHAHA! Laugh at me now will you!

Don't say I didn't warn ya! (2, Funny)

sarlos (903082) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133105)

Next time you're out and about and some guy named Biff smacks you with a bionic arm implant, don't say Sarlos didn't warn you.

Re:Don't say I didn't warn ya! (1)

Martin Blank (154261) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133261)

Oh, yeah? Well, what if I didn't read your post? Huh? Nah, didn't think of that now, didja? Huh? Huh?[/petergriffin]

Who needs a hand ? (2, Funny)

Arthur B. (806360) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133112)

Just make a mouse or a keyboard... I'd trade a hand for a direct link to a computer.

Re:Who needs a hand ? (1)

complete loony (663508) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133343)

They should at least build in a USB port, and allow the nerve impulses to be sent to a PC. If it's done right, you could be typing on a keyboard you can feel but can't see.

Re:Who needs a hand ? (1)

mark_hill97 (897586) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133705)

Why usb? Why not embed some wireless capability, such as bluetooth and a tiny monitor onto the hand?

Hell I would trade my left nut for a computer built into my hand!

Stupid groping jokes (2, Funny)

southpolesammy (150094) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133115)

"You're on in 5...4...3..."

obligatory wayne's world quote (3, Funny)

Hoohoodilly (722397) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133350)

Garth: You didn't say 2 or 1.
Producer: Oh. You don't say 2 or 1.
Garth: Why not?
Producer: You just don't. Mmm-kay?

Bionics ,Cybernetics and Faulty Software? (3, Insightful)

RealisticCanadian (850967) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133128)

So, while this stuff is very kewl, and in particular I've been following development on artificial hands (as far as I know, only the face is more complex), it raises in me the question of what it will bring with it in the near future....

Cybernetic implants are under development as well, including the borg-like communications chip that most of us would have seen on 'How William Shatner changed the Universe'

So on top of all the typical moral concerns this subject raises, in the days when we're as much technology as human being, what will be the complications when our complex implants' OS gives us the equivalent of the BSOD?

Re:Bionics ,Cybernetics and Faulty Software? (1)

khedron the jester (888418) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133267)

what will be the complications when our complex implants' OS gives us the equivalent of the BSOD?

Same thing as happens now - reboot. It's the equivalent of going unconscious for a few minutes.

Re:Bionics ,Cybernetics and Faulty Software? (1)

Iphtashu Fitz (263795) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133361)

what will be the complications when our complex implants' OS gives us the equivalent of the BSOD?

Not to worry. It's still a long way off. Microsoft won't release the first beta of "Windows for Prosthetics" for at least a decade or two. It'll probably take a minimum of 5 years before this technology is ready for prime-time, then another 5 years before bionic prosthetic use reaches a critical mass to even get on MS's radar screen. After that it's another 5+ years of all the marketing, vaporware hype, press-releases, etc. that Microsoft goes through before they finally manage to push a first buggy release out the door.

Re:Bionics ,Cybernetics and Faulty Software? (2, Funny)

Frumious Wombat (845680) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133495)

If you watch Dr. Strangelove , I believe you'll get a pretty good picture of what happens during a BSOD. You don't need the whole movie, just the scenes in the War Room as Dr. Strangelove describes the Doomsday Device.

As for what a Borg BSOD looks like, I haven't the foggiest. If we're lucky, it'll be like a Greatful Dead Concert (lots of people staring and going "oh wow"), but without the scent of Patchouli oil in the air.

Re:Bionics ,Cybernetics and Faulty Software? (1)

Gryle (933382) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133583)

...what will be the complications when our complex implants' OS gives us the equivalent of the BSOD?

It's insurance against Gates' cyborg army. The rest of us will be on Open Source.

Many questions remain unanswered (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14133137)

For example, is it warm and self-lubricating?

Re:Many questions remain unanswered (2, Insightful)

c_forq (924234) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133362)

That makes me wonder, on a serious note, what kind of heat this will produce? Might there be a rick of burning your skin it is attached to if you move too much? Will this cause excess sweating of the forearm? Or the armpit of whatever arm it is attached to? Will others get freaked the hell out when your hand feels really freaking weird when they shake it?

no jokes! (0, Redundant)

Surt (22457) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133145)

About the adjustable end stroke please!

Re:no jokes! (0)

iggymanz (596061) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133413)

since bionic appendages can now have feeling, how about "Bionic Penile Enlargement Now" jokes?

Best of What's New 2005 (5, Informative)

aborlancop1 (934263) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133151)

According to Popular Science, there's already a mind-controlled bionic arm out. It allows for better movement than previous prosthetic limbs as well.

http://www.popsci.com/popsci/bown2005/personalheal th/19e6ee82ea447010vgnvcm1000004eecbccdrcrd.html [popsci.com]

"Welcome to the future of prosthetic limbs: true mind control. For the first time ever, an amputee need only think about a movement--picking up a glass, for instance--and the 12-pound Neuro-Controlled Bionic Arm dutifully coordinates the task. Electrodes intercept the limb's residual nerve firings and feed them to a computer embedded in the forearm, which then commands six motors to move the device's shoulder, elbow and hand in unison. Thanks to hand sensors, the wearer can even gauge pressure and fine-tune his grip.

For now, the prototype arm fits just one man, Jesse Sullivan. This year, Sullivan demonstrated the device at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where doctors are working to refine it. A faster, more durable commercial version should be ready by 2008, but the ultimate goal is a robotic limb that functions as well as, if not better than, its human analogue."

It isn't as good as an arm that allows for feeling, but hey, think of what happens when a bionic arm that allows you to feel has an error. Ouchies.

Re:Best of What's New 2005 (2, Interesting)

c_forq (924234) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133375)

what happens when a bionic arm that allows you to feel has an error.
What happens if you have a phantom limb where a bionic arm gets put in place? Will you feel pain in the artificial arm?

Re:Best of What's New 2005 (2, Interesting)

FooAtWFU (699187) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133516)

It isn't as good as an arm that allows for feeling, but hey, think of what happens when a bionic arm that allows you to feel has an error. Ouchies.

Presumably there's some limitation in design the human-machine interface- the actual parts that stimulate the nerve endings to make them think they're feeling something- which would preclude them from generating any exceedingly intense pain.

End stroke, multijoint feedback? (1)

Roskolnikov (68772) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133158)

Sounds like a pr0no I rented once......

So what happens when bionic hand... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14133162)

...meets bionic genetalia?

Re:So what happens when bionic hand... (1)

Roskolnikov (68772) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133195)

A squeezeplay or a mexican standoff?

seriously this is a cool thing but the jokes will continue!

An Addendum: (2, Funny)

abscondment (672321) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133176)

From the website:

  1. be felt by an amputee as the lost natural limb delivering her/him a natural sensory feedback by means of the stimulation of some specific afferent nerves;
  2. be controlled in a very natural way by processing the efferent neural signals coming from the central nervous system (reducing the discomfort of the current EMG-based control prosthesis);
  3. be endorsed by the Darth Vader foundation trust;
  4. be accessible to supervillians everywhere.

Re:An Addendum: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14133359)

5. PROFIT!

wait, did he just say.... (4, Funny)

grasshoppa (657393) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133180)

The final prototype includes sensors for tension, force, joint angle, end stroke and contact."

bwa hahahahhaah

Market size and other uses? (2, Interesting)

dada21 (163177) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133191)

What is the size of the market for people who need a new hand? I'm intrigued for seeing deeper into the business plan here.

Are there profitable products that can be extended from this one? Maybe cybernetics for the non-handicapped in controlling machinery or possibly military purposes?

I'm not saying that there shouldn't be research for the handicapped, I'm just trying to see how a corporation justifiesthe expenses.

Or is this a government-funded (theft) product? If so, I'll say it is a waste.

Re:Market size and other uses? (5, Interesting)

MrTester (860336) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133292)

If you look at history you will find that war time always sees a boon in prosthetic and other medical technologies. We are getting a LOT of soldiers coming home with missing and damaged limbs, so there is a surge in trial patients, funding and general interest. Granted this is comming from Germany, not the US.... Doctor StrangeLove anyone?

Re:Market size and other uses? (2, Funny)

JuzzFunky (796384) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133358)

I'd give my right arm for something like that!

Re:Market size and other uses? (2, Informative)

Kaptain Kruton (854928) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133595)

What is the size of the market for people who need a new hand?
It is probably the size of the existing market for prosthetic hands.

Are there profitable products that can be extended from this one?
Other prosthetic devices and limbs would probably be a good place to start.

Maybe cybernetics for the non-handicapped in controlling machinery or possibly military purposes?
It is worth looking into. But because these devices work by interacting with an individuals nerves/nervous system, I suspect that creating such devices will be unlikely. This is because a great deal of time and money would be spent to attatch a machine to the nerves, calibrate it, and learn to use it.

I'm not saying that there shouldn't be research for the handicapped, I'm just trying to see how a corporation justifiesthe expenses.
When you consider the fact that these devices will be very expensive (and insurance companies will probably pay most of that cost), the potential for profit is quite large. That sounds like justification.

Or is this a government-funded (theft) product? If so, I'll say it is a waste.
Ummmm.... why did you bring the government into this?

Re:Market size and other uses? (1)

merreborn (853723) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133612)

I'm just trying to see how a corporation justifies the expenses.

We're talking about very high value stuff here. I'm sure the whole of the market is willing to pay thousands, or tens of thousands of dollars for these things, and insurance might cover them in some cases (although that may be a long shot).

From this FAQ [amputee-coalition.org] : There were 1,285,000 persons in the U.S. living with the limb loss (excluding fingers and toes) in 1996.

And of course, this is an international market -- extending beyond the US.

If you could sell a million of these things at $1,000 each, you're looking at a billion dollars in revenue. I'd say there's a niche here.

Re:Market size and other uses? (1)

dada21 (163177) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133689)

Awesome data, thanks.

I couldn't RTA or google as my PDA wasn't getting DNS except what was cached.

This was already on Fark. (-1, Troll)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133209)

MOD PARENT FUNNAY (0, Offtopic)

Orrin Bloquy (898571) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133376)

If only for the reviews.

Re:MOD PARENT FUNNAY (0, Offtopic)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133440)

Thanks.

I think that some people are abusing their mod points. It's kind of obvious that they didn't even check the link before modding.

Thanks for checking the link; those reviews are pure comedy gold.

Additional Benefit: Corrected Speech! (1)

geomon (78680) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133217)

After all, there are several Italians on the project.

(don't worry, I'll handle this myself: boooooo!)

Cyberware (2, Funny)

Terminal Saint (668751) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133238)

Uh oh, we all know what this means: the LARPers can start in on Cyberpunk and Shadowrun.

Re:Cyberware (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14133549)

Beware the extra strength behind thrown wadded pieces of paper!

Fireball! Fireball! Fireball!

$6 million (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14133252)

Excellent, now I just need 6 million dollars to become [voice=announcer]Bionic Man![/voice]

Might I be the first patch submitter? (2, Funny)

hkb (777908) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133255)

if( hand.Contents() ~= tubular && hand.Contents() == flesh)
{
      strength = strength /10;
}

Obligatory Spinal Tap Reference (2, Funny)

geomon (78680) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133352)

if( hand.Contents() ~= tubular && hand.Contents() == flesh)
{
            strength = strength /11;
}

but (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14133256)

does it run linux? can it play ogg?

Fri5t Psot (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14133263)

The hAr`d drive to

I can't get to the article, but... (1)

Daneurysm (732825) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133265)

...Who is this Martin Fink I'm hearing so much about?

Re:I can't get to the article, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14133389)

...Who is this Martin Fink I'm hearing so much about?

http://www.hp.com/hpbooks/authors/fink.html [hp.com]

Yes, I hate his ads, too.

Re:I can't get to the article, but... (1)

Daneurysm (732825) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133684)

...Who is this Martin Fink I'm hearing so much about? http://www.hp.com/hpbooks/authors/fink.html [hp.com] Yes, I hate his ads, too.

He's a snappy dresser, that's all.

Alternatively... (4, Funny)

hkb (777908) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133273)

"Wow, it really DOES feel like a stranger!"

I hope they do a long-enough beta on this one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14133278)

I hope the FDA makes do a long Beta Test [slashdot.org] .

The real question is... (2, Insightful)

avalys (221114) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133294)

Being technically able to produce one of these things is all well and good, but the real question is how long it will be before they cost less than $100,000.

Neural interface (1)

Chayak (925733) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133297)

Woo bionic hands... where is my neural jacks!

Bionic eyes? (5, Interesting)

ichigo 2.0 (900288) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133310)

Wonder how long till someone develops bionic eyes? I've been itching to ditch these failing organic meatballs called eyes for something better. High-def bionic eyes with zoom and night-vision would be pretty cool, not to mention the possibility of using them as a way to overlay information on top of stuff you see. Getting spyware could be quite annoying though, and if law enforcement had a way of remotely disabling them would suck, but maybe one could avoid that by running OS software on them. :)

Re:Bionic eyes? (2, Funny)

ajlitt (19055) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133532)

We already have zoom. It involves moving either your eye closer to the object or the object closer to your eye. Try it. It's amazing!

Hand, (1)

HunterZ (20035) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133312)

For some reason I thought of Red Dwarf instead of Star Wars when I saw this article...

"Hand, pick up the ball!"

Give these guys a hand... (1)

charlie763 (529636) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133316)

A hand that won't get tired? My girlfriend will love this. And by "girlfriend," I mean myself. With three hand I'll be able to pleasure myself *and* post foul comments on Slashdot. W00t!

Finally!!!!!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14133328)

We'll all finally know what it's like to have another "hand" touching ourselves! :D

The important questions (2, Funny)

ichigo 2.0 (900288) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133332)

Yeah but does it run linux?

Imagine a beowulf cluster of these!

In Soviet Russia, hand grabs you!

Hey, I'm a bionic man you insensitive clod!

T'was my bionic hand (1)

AutopsyReport (856852) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133385)

So next time you grab ass, in your defense just remember your bionic hand has a mind of it's own...

Arm? I want a full on cyborg! (1)

vertinox (846076) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133406)

Actually, I've been watching too much Ghost in the Shell - Stand Alone Complex [wikipedia.org] , but if we have full (at least prototype) cyborg bodies by 2015 whe should be keeping up to the stories time line. Although, the Major should be in her 25-30ish and according to the plot line she had her cyborg body around age 9 which would be any day now.

Nerve Endings? (1)

cartel (845256) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133418)

How could they possibly (correctly) reconnect all the nerve endings?

Re:Nerve Endings? (2, Insightful)

c_fel (927677) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133609)

Actually they can use the nerves that usally fit the best for the movements needed. But anyway, it doesn't have to be the exact same nerve : it's sure that a full reeducation is necessary. First, the feelings won't be the same as the ones the patient is used to. Second, the arm won't react exactly like a true arm.

But the brain is very capable to learn how to manipulate the new arm : it just takes minutes to actually "see" an image with an electrode on the tongue, with eyes shut (with the electrode connected on a camera). The brain learns that what it receives now on the tongue is a visual information and not a taste. So the fact that we usually don't see with our tongue is not a matter. It's the samething with the feeling of the new arm.

Bionic power supply (2, Interesting)

netrangerrr (455862) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133474)

In the 6 Million Dollar Man, the bionic implants used a small nuclear power supply - in one episode it had to be replaced. How do you supply power for any kind of extended operation for a bionic hand? It seems that like many mobile/implantable technologies, the ability to provide an extended power source is lagging. The batteries for a 24 hour operating capability probably weigh several times more than all of the electronics, sensors, and electro-elastic polymer "motors".

As a partial thumb amputee... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14133476)

I suspect it'll be quite a while before we can provide "natural" sensation from a prosthesis.

I have my own nerve endings in my "repaired" thumbtip, and while 7 years have helped my mind remap what was the center of my thumb to useful tip-of-the-thumb sensations, it still feels strange every single time I touch something. Pressure sensations are the strangest.

How much harder must it be to try to tap into nerve endings further up the arm and get you to make sense of them?

BTW: watch what you're doing with your hands. They're out front of you and in danger all day long. It's particularly a bitch to lose use of your favored thumb. Think about learning to do EVERYTHING over again - starting with wiping your tail or pointing your unit - and you'll still not even begin to appreciate how much you do with your thumb and your hands.

Recipients of prostheses such as these will have that difficult learning curve, probably moreso since a computer is mediating - but are assuredly fortunate to have the opportunity to do so.

Alternative link (1)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133505)

Since the /. editors altered the original link, here's the one i provided:

http://physorg.com/news8527.html [physorg.com]

Hope that's not slashdotted now.
(And no, don't use coral caché on this, let's get even at their annoying ads ;-) )

IM Sirius (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133546)

I want a third arm installed for skiboxing. The second head can wait until I need to try one of those neural implants.

Re:IM Sirius (1)

Cheese Grits (850464) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133700)

Can it really have taken this long for someone to make a Zaphod joke?

So now can I say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14133562)

*6 million dollar man sound*

So... (1)

HappyCakeOven (900863) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133564)

how soon until it can grapple onto buildings so I can swing around ala Bionic Commando [wikipedia.org] ?

bah (1)

rayde (738949) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133618)

i've already got one [theculturalgutter.com] .

Rosie the Robotic Palm and Her Five Bionic Sisters (1)

Ranger (1783) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133691)

Slashdotters are the perfect test market for bionic hands. Say hello to Rosy the Robotic Palm and Her Five Bionic Sisters. If they can't wear it out from repetitive motion, no one else will. Ooh, what a shocker! [rotten.com]

Finally... (1)

TechnoGuyRob (926031) | more than 8 years ago | (#14133731)

I won't have to take piano lessons because my bionic hands will be programmable Mozarts!
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