Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Amputees go Cyberpunk

Wired has an article on a new prosthetic for finger amputees.

Invented by Dan Didrick of Naples, Florida, the device has no batteries, electronics, servos or actuators. Instead, each digit incorporates a simple mechanism which, when pushed by the surviving part of the wearer's finger, curls a set of artificial phalanges.

"Having a body-powered device leaves little room for mechanical failure," Didrick said, adding that there aren't any robotic medical alternatives. "Many people assumed a device such as mine already existed."....

About one in 150 people have lost a digit to war, misadventure or misfortune. |Mechanical Fingers Give Strength, Speed to Amputees - Wired|


It looks quite cyberpunk to me. I've always thought that amputees would be the first ones to go cyberpunk, then it'll be the punks and finally the plastic surgeons will be turning people into walking sculptures that resemble Star Trek's 7 of 9 for art and profit.

Via Boing Boing

2 comments:

Mun Mun said...

I'll take a bionic eye in the back of my head please.

Safety Neal said...

I want some night vision upgrades and subdermal weaponry, myself. Oh, and a bone conduction phone...