The BeBionic3 Myoelectric Prosthetic Hand

If you’re a long time read of Unfinished Man, you probably remember my year long obsession with Deus Ex: Human Revolution. For those of you that have forgotten or are new here, it’s a video game featuring a character with a set of extremely impressive prosthetic arms. I thought he was a bad-ass, and since then, I’ve kept my eyes peeled for information on the latest advances in prosthetic technology.

As with most technologies, improvements come in fits and starts, and today I’ve got a great fit… or maybe a start? It’s the BeBionic3 myoelectric prosthetic hand, and in my (perhaps ignorant) opinion, it’s a quantum leap forward from those who have lost their hands through accidents or birth defects. But you don’t have to take my word for it, we’ll let Nigel Ackland explain.

Getting a grip on Reality – The BeBionic3 Hand

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Now, I have two perfectly functioning organic hands of my own, but I’m still extremely excited about advances like this. People lose limbs in accidents all the time, and as a species, I don’t think we’re going to stop waging war any time soon either. It’s a rough world out there, and sometimes we’re just dealt a bad hand in the limb department. Above and beyond this, I think there’s value in technologies like this even for those of us who aren’t missing limbs. Perhaps one day the technology will become sophisticated enough that it’s actually better than the real thing. Faster, stronger, more precise.

Interestingly enough, the BeBionic3 actually looks quite good too. It’s skinable (don’t laugh), with a wide range of colors and designs available. You could be the most fashionable amputee around! (I’m so, so sorry). The mix of carbon fiber and aluminum gives the hand a distinctly futuristic aesthetic, and were I in a position to wear one, I don’t think I would bother with the optional skin covering. No, instead I would just tell people that I’m close friends with Adam Jenson, and that he decided to hook me up.

Stylish Prosthetics

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Yes, the technology is advancing rapidly, but there’s still a long way to go. As Nigel explained, there are a number of pre-set positions that you can configure the hand for, but I think that things will get really exciting when a person can simply switch between them on the fly through either a direct interface with the wearer’s brain, or somehow more precisely interpreting muscles twitches or nerve impulses. Exciting stuff.

bionic hand cracking eggs

bionic hand pouring beer

More Information on BeBionic

If you’re interested in learning more about the BeBionic3, head over to their website and take a look around. In particular, keep an eye on their news page. They frequently update it with user videos of people showing off their hands, and it’s actually rather heart warming.

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I'm a co-founder and writer here at Unfinished Man. I write, manage the look and feel of the website, and make sure that nothing breaks. I also reply to the vast majority of our emails, so if you're sending one through, I suggest you be nice. Everyone says I'm the least offensive of our writers, so they gave the email jockey task to me. When I'm not improving the site, I write about fashion, video games, politics, and anything related to science and technology.

4 comments on “The BeBionic3 Myoelectric Prosthetic Hand”

  1. I am motivated to expose the revolution of Myoelectric Prosthetic. I am eager to correspond with someone who is willing to share facts, images, and information. I plan to use the resources in my dissertation explaining the mental health advantages, and disadvantages.

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  2. Hey Chad, thank you for responding, what type of prosthetic device are you wearing? please share with me some of the important details so I can tailor my questions. I’m mostly interested in the cognitive aspects, what you were thinking about after the amputation, and how you feel/felt when making the choice to wear a Myoelectric Prosthetic device.

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    • Hey Duane,

      My pleasure, hopefully this is of some use to you. I’m wearing a next generation version of the Sarif Industries prosthetic, known internally as the DX69. In terms of my feelings, well… obviously I would prefer not to have lost my arm, but that’s all in the past now. I never asked for that… no one does. I was devasted immediately afterwards, but I’m one of those people that prefers to carry on and just move forward. I’m a technologist at heart, so trying to find the most advanced prosthetic possible was of paramount importance.

      I hope that helps?

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