Performativity · Technology

Nigel and his Bebionic 3 Myoelectric hand. World’s most advanced prosthetic limb

Nigel was employed as a precious metals smelter. Around five years ago, he was involved in an accident at work involving an industrial blender. This led to a severe crush injury of his right forearm. He underwent six months of operations and infections before deciding to have an elective trans-radial (below elbow) amputation. Unfortunately, due to the extent of his injuries he has been unable to return to work since.

Following the amputation, Nigel was initially fitted with a passive hand. As this was a purely cosmetic hand, Nigel was unable to use the hand functionally and was reliant on performing tasks with his remaining left hand.

Nigel’s second arm was a body powered hook. A body harness connected to the hook allowed Nigel to use his upper body to open and close the hook. Nigel found this prosthesis uncomfortable and not very functional so stopped wearing it.

He later received an electric arm with a terminal device called a greifer. He found the greifer much more functional but was disappointed with it’s cosmetic appearance as it doesn’t attempt to look like a hand.

Now, Nigel was fitted with a bebionic3 myoelectric hand. A carbon fiber mechanical hand which he can control with movements in his upper arm. The new bebionic3 myoelectric hand, which is also made from aluminum and alloy knuckles, moves like a real human limb by responding to Nigel’s muscle twitches. Incredibly, the robotic arm is so sensitive it means the father-of-one can touch type on a computer keyboard, peel vegetables, and even dress himself for the first time in six years.

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