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Rebuild Yourself With These 4 Incredible Prosthetics

From Terminator arms to camera-eyes, our cyborg future starts here.

In ages long past, when tragedy struck, humanity would curse fate and weep. These days, when fate gets ugly, we throw robots at it, with results that are as inspiring as they are wicked cool. Here are four cutting-edge bionic prosthetics, modeled by those who are pushing back the boundaries of disability through equal parts technology and moxy.

The Terminator

When people say, “I’d give my right hand to travel the world/ride a hippo to work­­/have another slice of pizza,” they’re usually underestimating how much they like having a right hand (unless the pizza is really, really good). After all, your hand is the pinnacle of millions of years of evolution; it’s not like it can be replaced, right? Wrong. Enter “The Terminator.” This Bebionic V3 prosthetic hand is nicknamed after the famed robot due to the fact that it looks like it could punch through a human with relative ease. It’s operated by just two pressure sensors and has eight different grip settings, meaning that a person who has lost a hand can still do the things we all take for granted, such as tying their shoes, operating a computer, or flipping someone off. In fact, The Terminator can do a couple of things a human hand can’t do, such as rotate a full 360 degrees at the wrist, with the end result that you can actually flip off the entire room without ever having to leave your chair. If you’re not happy with the cyborg assassin look, though, you could always get a custom camo-sprayed version, like the one fitted to teenager Kaleb “Fred” Langdale, who survived a tussle with an 11-foot alligator, losing his arm, but apparently not his cool. Evidently that guy is used to lugging metal around, having been born with a set of solid titanium balls.

The C-Leg

Photo: Ottobock

Even lazy writers like us who, given the choice, would rather roll their swivel chair to the bathroom than walk 20 feet, find it hard to imagine life missing one or both legs. The Genium C-leg, however, is changing the lives of amputees, thanks to its computerized knee and ankle joints, which offer intelligent response to the user’s gait and pace. The technology spear-headed by the C-leg - and other devices like it - means that amputees who not so long ago would have never have been able to run, are now taking part in marathons, going rock climbing and, a partaking in a whole host of activities that many of us with two legs would never contemplate. Advances in prosthetics are even keeping amputee soldiers on active duty, to the extent where Sgt. 1st Class Greg Robinson was able to complete one of the toughest training courses the army has to offer, using a prosthetic right leg. Think about that the next time you put off the gym because your feet hurt.

The Eyeborg

Everyone knows that losing an eye is a terrible thing - we’ve had it drilled into us since we were kids. “Better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick,” they said. “It’s all fun and games ‘til someone loses an eye,” they said. “If you don’t stop touching it you’ll go blind,” they said. However, one-eyed filmmaker named Rob Spence was determined to turn his real-life cautionary tale into a sci-fi blockbuster by installing a camera into his eye socket. Though the camera can’t act as another eye would (although, awesomely, they’re working on that technology) Rob has already been approached for work as the ultimate POV cameraman for situations where lugging a full sized camera around isn’t a good idea, which we’re guessing would include such places as war zones, corporate investigations, and the local sorority shower room.

Budget Bionics

Photo: Sheng Li / Reuters / Landov | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2013

They have the technology. They can rebuild you. The only problem is, it costs more than your house, and if you’re a Chinese low-income worker who blew his hands off constructing a homemade fishing bomb, then your health insurance options are probably pretty limited. So how did Sun Jifa of Guanmashan measure up to the six million dollar man? With six thousand dollars? Six hundred dollars? Six dollars? Not even that. Sun Jifa built his own working prosthetic hands out of scrap metal. And they look badass. These heavy-metal testaments to man’s ingenuity in the face of adversity were constructed over eight years. Sun Jifa’s pulley-operated hands are low-tech, sturdy, and will most definitely make him the star any steampunk convention. And the best part? Sun Jifa wants to use his MacGyver-like skills to make affordable prosthetics for all those who need them


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