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[BBC] Bionic hand wins top tech prize

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The world's most advanced, commercially available, bionic hand has won the UK's top engineering prize.

The i-LIMB, a prosthetic device with five individually powered digits, beat three other finalists to win this year's MacRobert award.

The technology has been fitted to more than 200 people, including US soldiers who lost limbs during the war in Iraq.

The device started life in Scotland in 1963 as part of a project to help children affected by Thalidomide.

The complex device finally went on sale in July 2007. It is produced by a company called Touch Bionics based in Mid Calder, Livingston.
Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7443866.stm
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I've personally seen one of these things in operation on a veteran. It absolutely amazes me the sheer precision these things have. It seems like it would be so complex to have a bionic hand pick up signals from the body. I almost want to cut my own hand off, I'm so curious.
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I almost want to cut my own hand off, I'm so curious.
nothing will ever come close to the precision you can achieve with your own hand.
    
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nothing will ever come close to the precision you can achieve with your own hand.
QFT, our hands are incredibly intricate pieces of engineering.
    
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is it like Irobots bionic hand. all strong and amazing.
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Thats great news, now i can get one and put it in my PC with a webcam so that i don't have to open it to fix something!!!!
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One step closer to the robot war.

Really though, it's quite cool.
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amazing.
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Ghost In The Shell, here we come!

In all honesty it's amazing what is being done now. Implants to help the blind see, bionic limbs to replace ones lost in accidents, wars, etc...

I'll probably draw fire for this but I consider this to be the golden age of science and technology.
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Ghost In The Shell, here we come!

In all honesty it's amazing what is being done now. Implants to help the blind see, bionic limbs to replace ones lost in accidents, wars, etc...

I'll probably draw fire for this but I consider this to be the golden age of science and technology.
Hmmmm I wouldnt say it was a golden age, more bronze lol I think there is so much more to come, true AI and life-like androids.

But the advances are awesome nonetheless
    
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