For a long time now, man has dreamed of ways mankind might blur the division between humanity and technology. After all, what is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein if not a tale of just that subject? With technology continuing to advance, this is no longer just the realm of fiction and speculation. Consider Nigel Ackland, a man who lost his right forearm and hand in an accident, and who has now replaced it with a robotic arm. An arm so delicate and precise, it can crack an egg or handwrite a letter. Watch the video demonstration below:
Ackland is a 53-year-old British man who lost his arm in a work-related accident six years ago. He replaced his lost arm with a Terminator-like bionic super arm (Bebionic3). This is the height of advanced prosthetic limbs. Not only does it look cool (it may scare children at first), but also it’s a nearly full-functioning arm. It can pick up objects, type on a keyboard, and even shake hands with your fellow human beings. It’s awesome!
The company behind the Bebionic3 explains that it uses “residual neuro-muscular signals from your muscles to operate a number of precise functions.” It has 14 different positions for various everyday tasks and comes pretty handy (get it?) when you need it. They even offer a flesh-colored glove to give a better a closer resemblance to a real hand. But why would you need that when the Bebionic3 looks this cool?
This is the best way technology can be used to help advance the human condition. Placing super computers in your eyes is a little too freaky and creepy to be accepted by the general population just yet, but something like Bebionic3 is only jarring at first but because it’s functional, and I imagine more people will accept it in everyday life. Also, you can pretend you’re the Terminator or Luke Skywalker at the end of The Empire Strikes Back to impress the ladies! Here’s an ad for the Bebionic3 bionic arm: