This Third Thumb Changes The Prosthetics Game

Submitted by: fancylad 6 months ago in News & Politics Science


London-based product designer, Dani Clode designed a third thumb to change the way people think about prosthetics. Clode believes that prosthetics extent a wearer's ability. They shouldn't be regarded as a replacement to part of the human body. The third thumb is made from a series of interconnected parts: a hand piece, an attachment, cables, motors, and two Bluetooth controllers.
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Male 2,603
If they really want to help they need to learn to grow compleat new arms in the lab and be able to graft it on to a body with complete mind control ala our own arms. Being a car mechanic there were many times I could have used an extra arm or two.

  This is one of the reasons I'm an atheist, intelligent design my ass, any intelligent person would know that 4 arms and better then 2, and male pattern baldness what's up with that. 
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Male 831
casaledana According to the bible, we're not even supposed to be intelligent enough to know bad from good - but then there was the snake and we needed intelligence to survive. Also needing intelligence made our brains grow, thus we give birth in pain.
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Male 12,263
It's definitely changing the way i think about prosthetics.

I used to think they were the realm of helping people, but apparently the realm of stupid gimmick stuff is infringing on it, and making it less helpful and more gimmicky.
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Male 1,612
It would be interesting using brain plasticity, if there was a voluntary muscle pair that is underused (as opposed as using big toes to activate the 3rd thumb) that could be fitted with electrodes to detect the intention to move the thumb.  With training and extended use, the user would unconsciously move the thumb the way we move out other fingers, not through the direct movement intention per muscle, but rather the desired movement. 

Of course, the holy grail of all limbs research, is not only alternate muscle control, but the addition of touch/feel feedback.  

This is an elegant solution to the design problem.  How it addresses any real world problem is less important at this stage.
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Male 2,172
Just waiting until the adult industry starts adopting more prosthetics...
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Male 17,666
bliznik I'm glad you said "more" or I'd have pegged you as uninformed.
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