Tentacular awesomeness pushes limits of body image

From The Design Blog, via NOTCOT:

Pushing the boundaries of current upper-limb prosthetic design, designer Kaylene Kau has created a prosthetic arm that supports the dominant functioning hand in accomplishing day-to-day tasks with ease and efficiency. Featuring a flexible design, the prosthetic arm adjusts to allow a variety of different grips to hold a variety of objects with minimum fuss. The Prosthetic Arm also integrates motors and cables, which help the user control the amount of arm curls required for different tasks. Presenting a simple yet effective design, the new prosthetic limb makes users self-reliant, as they can carry out their everyday tasks without any assistance.

Of course, any advances in prosthetics is welcome, but I bet the first thoughts of most people reading this here were either Cool!  I could be an octopus! or Woah - I want one of those on my next Hallowe'en costume!

I'd really like to see a video of it in action - I can't decide if it would be cool or creepy.

I also imagine that an arm like this would be (relatively) easy to engineer for the amateur.

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gmjhowe7 years ago
Its nice to see a modern option for prosthetics that is not all about replicated the human hand.
V-Man7377 years ago
Creative, but the application is confined to things that require only the "curl" utility of grasping. What about things like playing a piano, or typing on a computer, or dicing tomatoes?
Or push ups, or lighting a cigar?

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Kiteman (author)  Lithium Rain7 years ago
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