This is a prosthetic limb like I have never seen
by Mark R
I have to admit that I don’t know what it is like to lose an arm, and need to use a prosthetic one.
I would imagine that the future of prosthesis involves hands that are robotic, but this particular design doesn’t look like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s arm that he revealed in T2.
As you can see, this prosthetic arm doesn’t have any fingers, but the whole thing is like one giant finger with many knuckles. It is, for lack of a better word, a robotic tentacle. If it was silver-colored and had some claws on the end, I would call it a Doctor Octopus tentacle.
Apparently, designer Kaylene Kau wanted to “push the boundaries of current upper-limb prosthetic design”. This prosthetic arm is powered by a small motor within, and makes it so the user can curl around objects.
I believe that we are not at the point where we can create artificial limbs with four workable fingers and one thumb, like the one that Blair Brown has on Fringe. Most Prosthetic devices that I have seen help for gripping objects rather than moves that require a lot of dexterity, like typing. If this version can help out to create a better grip, then more power to the tentacle!
However, I want to make certain that I am factual with what I have reported about prosthesis. So if you have a prosthetic arm or know more about it than I do, feel free to chime in a comment.