Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Worlds First Bionic Fingers? Could Be

"'World's First' Bionic Fingers Unveiled "
Sky News (December 8, 2009)

"A former concert pianist has told of her joy at getting what scientists in West Lothian claim are the world's first bionic fingers.

"Maria Antonia Iglesias, from Catalonia, Spain, said the motor-powered devices allow her to pick up a glass, hold cutlery and write for the first time since she lost her digits after an illness.

"The fingers were made by the inventors of the bionic i-Limb hand when they realised more could be done for the 1.2 million people worldwide who have missing digits...."

The article gives a pretty good look at another new medical technology. I remember when first-generation hip implants like the ones I've got now came out. Sure, it's nice to be "natural." But me? I'm rather glad to have corrective lenses and hip implants, and the fillings in my teeth.

There's a video in the SkyNews article, BTW.

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