Iraq vet shows off bionic hand

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  1. brothersamuel40

    brothersamuel40 Mmm... munchies

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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070724/ap_on_sc/bionic_hand

    It has begun. The era of cyborgs in the REAL world.

    Quite frankly, this has gotten me utterly excited. Who knows how long it will be before full body cybornetics will be implemented, like the Strogg in the Quake series?
     
  2. OmegaScourge

    OmegaScourge Custom Made TFW2005 Supporter

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    If he was a Commando...he could call him "Bionic Commando"
     
  3. Dark_Convoy

    Dark_Convoy Old Bastard Veteran

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    That actually sort of creeped me out.

    The cool thing is, they could make it look like a real hand if they wanted to.
     
  4. MegaMoonMan

    MegaMoonMan www.megamoonman.com TFW2005 Supporter

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    The question on everybody's mind...

    Does he use his left or right hand now to do the deed?
     
  5. Foster

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    *crushes goblet*

    Groovy.
     
  6. RandomFerret

    RandomFerret Fuzzy Forever

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    It would be even creepier then. That would put it smack in the bottom of the uncanny valley.
     
  7. King Starscream

    King Starscream <b><font color=blue>The Royal Seeker</font></b> Veteran

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    the name of the device implies that I can sync it with iTunes. Still, this is awesome. I've seen plenty of leg amputees return to active duty, but they generally discharge the arm and hand amputees. This is another step towards giving those that want to return a REAL chance to return.
     
  8. Phy

    Phy I want... ROOM SERVICE!!

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    On the manufacturer's website linked in the article, there's pictures of people with "gloves" on their prostheses that simulate skin, right down to forearm hair and fingernails. Looks a little awkward but not instantly terrifying.
     
  9. Ops_was_a_truck

    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    Now he can hold his sister's hand and watch the Millenium Falcon fly off into the Andromeda Galaxy!

    WHAT A PRETTY ENDING!
     
  10. RandomFerret

    RandomFerret Fuzzy Forever

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    That's the thing about the Uncanny Valley. When something looks completely human, but moves mechanically, it's creepier than something that looks obviously mechanical.

    That's the reason Japanese roboticists don't give their robots human faces.
     
  11. Ops_was_a_truck

    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    Yeah, but the actroid has an uncannily human face. As a matter of fact, the actroid is really awkwardly close to jumping the uncanny valley. If it could walk, I think I'd be both amazed and terrified.
     
  12. Cobalt Agent

    Cobalt Agent My dick kills dinosaurs

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    This is great. God forbid a brave soldier loses a limb, there's a chance they can "restore" them in a sense. It's a shame that this man lost his arm, but at least he's got this, and he seems excited about it.
     
  13. ActionMasterZod

    ActionMasterZod LarzArz on twitter, man.

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    It's starting! Hide the kids!
     
  14. KA

    KA PENIS GOES WHERE?!!

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    shh-nnn-nnn-nnn-nnn-nnn-nnn /slo mo
     
  15. Bryan

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    My thoughts exactly.
     
  16. The621

    The621 Fuck you, that's why!

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    I hope he is able to control the new bionic hand. Best of luck to him. God bless.
     
  17. butz

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    Neat. I always like to hear about stuff like this, and there is a very selfish part of me that wants to somehow be able to add extra arms.
     
  18. Spekkio

    Spekkio Master of War

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    I think they'd be better off trying not to make it look human. Let the cyborg (that's kinda what he is now, and that's cool as long as he doesn't start saying "We are Borg") pick a color to paint it - black, silver....
     
  19. Vector Sigma

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    That is fantastic. I'm kinda surprised they managed it with myoelectrics alone. Will be fascinating to see how this progress's. I think i've found some people to be sending my CV too, hehe...
     
  20. theLostSeeker

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    Hehe, I think he should play it safe and not use the bionic hand for the "deed". Who knows, it could malfunction, and he could end up trying to explain to the doctor how he crushed or pulled his penis out just by "peeing"…

    On a serious note though, I'm happy to see such brilliant breakthrough.
     

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