‘Terminator’ robotic arm comes to ’man s rescue

LONDON (TIP): A UK man has been fitted with a ‘Terminator-like’ carbon fibre mechanical hand which he can control with movements in his upper arm. Nigel Ackland, 53, from Royston, Cambridgeshire lost his arm in an accident six years ago and has now been given a new lease of life by a hi-tech bionic hand which is so precise that he can type again. The Bebionic 3 Myoelectric hand, made from aluminium and alloy knuckles, moves like a real human limb by responding to Ackland’s muscle twitches , the Telegraph reported.

The twitches in his upper arm are detected by sensors that trigger one of 14 pre-programmed grips, mirroring human movements . They include a clenched fist, a pointed finger and a pincer and a lighter and heavier depending on how the user tenses his upper arm.

The robotic arm is so sensitive that he can touch type on a computer keyboard , peel vegetables and even dress himself.

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