The Real Bionic Man
Meet Nigel Ackland. Ackland lost his right arm six years ago in an industrial accident. Today however, he sports an advanced prosthetic right arm which makes him a real bionic man. The bebionic3, made by RSLSteeper, responds to signals from muscles in the arm and can open and close, point and even rotate 360° on command. The individual finger motors let the user move the hand and grip in a natural, co-ordinated way, while microprocessors monitor the position of each finger, delivering precise control over each movement.
The prosthetic arm has a lifelike appearance, with customizable grip speeds, patterns and strengths which can be wirelessly programmed. The bebionic3 is so sensitive that Ackland can pick up an egg with the arm without cracking it, and it’s smart enough to automatically sense when a gripped item is slipping and adjust the grip to secure it.
“Having a bebionic hand is like being human again,” Auckland says. “Psychologically I wouldn’t be without it.”