Jul
22
2007

The Right Hand of Doom

This is not the i-Limb: But all of Skynet's technology was reverse engineered from the chip inside.    (photo by DevanJedi on Flickr.com)
This is not the i-Limb: But all of Skynet's technology was reverse engineered from the chip inside. (photo by DevanJedi on Flickr.com)
The i-Limb is a robotic hand capable of a wide range of movement, unlike previous mechanical hands, which were generally limited to simple grip and release actions. It is controlled by a series of electrodes placed on the surface of the forearm, with subtle muscle movements activating each of the five motorized fingers.

Each of the fingers is replaceable individually, so, in the case of a wild dog attack or a drunken hammering accident, it would not be necessary to buy an entirely new hand because of a couple mangled i-fingers. This is good news, because the whole device is priced at about $17,000.

For those people who aren’t into the whole robotic hand look, the i-Limb can be fitted with realistic, custom-made skin. For a visual frame of reference, I’d turn the mind’s eye this way. Or just go to the i-Limb’s website.

News items on the i-Limb have yet to address some of the most important issues surrounding the release of bionic limbs, however. For instance, just what level of super-strength can users expect from the device? Are we talking coal-to-diamond squeezing power here, or just single-handed coconut crushing strength? I fully expect this information to be released soon.

The website has some nice videos of the device in action, including footage of the i-Limb being used to tie a necktie, and the i-Limb being used to load a shotgun. Date-night stuff.

There’s also this video, showcasing some of the development processes and testing of the i-Limb. I highly recommend it.

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