The Real Bionic Man

RSLS­teeper be­bionic3

HWM (Singapore) - - Think - BY ALVIN SOON

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.”

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