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Prosthetic Arm Just Made Luke Skywalker Technology A Reality

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The scene in Star Wars where we see Luke Skywalker lose his arm, which is only to be replaced by a prosthetic one, is one of the most legendary visuals from the Star Wars franchise. It has etched itself into our minds and we ask ourselves, “Could a prosthetic arm really look that real?” As it turns out, the answer to that question is a definite yes. The technology behind prosthetic limbs has come a long way since we first saw pirates walk around with a wooden leg. Today bionic body parts are sometimes as realistic as real ones. When it comes to arm prosthetics, we have somewhat reached the level of realism that is quite comparable to that of what we see in the scene with Luke Skywalker’s newly incorporated arm.

Nigel was the unfortunate victim of an accident at work that lead to him losing his right arm. One would think that such an event would cripple a man. That’s when BeBionic comes to the rescue with their innovative technology and superior knowledge in prosthetic arm construction. Their new BeBionic B3 prosthetic arm was presented to Nigel and his life has never been the same again.

This impressive innovation has almost lifelike movements and can pretty much handle anything a real arm could. It uses residual neuromuscular signals from the wearer’s own muscles to control and transform into 14 hand positions and grips. In the video, Nigel demonstrates his new prosthetic arm with almost uncanny precision. As I said, there’s no doubt that prosthetic arms have come a long way since the wooden pirate leg. I even dare to say that we will probably, in a couple of years, be at a stage where you can no longer tell the difference between a real arm and a prosthetic one. At the rate at which things from the science fiction world are becoming real, I no longer doubt the things we once said were impossible will be realized in a much sooner future than we could have ever imagined.

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BeBionic’s Advanced Prosthetic Arm Presentation

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Author: Richard Darell

Richard Darell is the founder and CEO of Bit Rebels, a multifaceted online news outlet that reports daily on the latest developments in technology, social media, design and everything geek. Today this media entity welcomes more than 2.5 million unique visitors per month and is considered the go to place for people in constant motion. As an Internet entrepreneur, he is dedicated to constantly trying to develop new ways to bring content faster and closer to the end user in a more streamlined way. His excitement for statistics has allowed him to further develop systems that continuously produce accurate and fast-paced analytics to better optimize the approach by which Bit Rebels presents news and content. His graphic design background has proven to be an important tool when designing new systems and features for Bit Rebels since the development of solid and stable code depends entirely on their structure and implemented procedures. Richard currently resides in Stockholm, Sweden and directs the Bit Rebels offices in both Stockholm and Atlanta. You can reach Richard at richard@bitrebels.com

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Kurt

April 9th, 2013

My favorite part is that his second demonstration was getting a beer!!!! Classic man, freaking classic!!! Love it.

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