It’s been all over the news last week but if you haven’t seen it, the beBionic worlds most advanced prosthetic hand.
Designed and built by UK firm RSL Steeper, the beBionic v3 (BB3) hand and wrist prosthetic provides trans-radial (below the elbow) amputees an unprecedented level and variety of function. The bionic hand “reads” electrical impulses from residual nerves in the stump through the skin and interprets the patient’s will, rearranging its digits into one of 14 different grips. These include power grips for shaking hands, carrying groceries, or lifting oneself from a seated position, or finesse grips for pulling out credit cards, tying shoes, or holding dinnerware.
The hand itself is built from carbon fiber and weighs between 550 and 600 grams, depending on size and options. It measures about 200mm from the tip of the middle finger to the base of the wrist and, aside from its egg-crushing strength, the BB3 can easily tote loads up to 99 pounds. It’s available in a number of color options and comes with a flesh colored glove, though if you just blew $25,000 – $35,000 on one of these, why on Earth would you want to hide it?
This is absolutely incredible and kind of scary at the same time. I bet there are secret government labs that have created the first complete human cyborg! Side note: would you dare to grab your “private” parts with that thing?… things to ponder.
Read the full Gizmodo article HERE - See both videos below of Nigel demonstrating his hand