James Young lost his arm and a portion of his leg after being hit by a train. Needless to say, this can be a devastating injury. Not only are there loads of surgeries and a long road to recovery, but the way one goes about their daily life changes entirely when they’re living with fewer limbs. Young had been working down this long road of recovery, and doing quite well, when he saw an advertisement from Konami. To help promote
The team behind the bionic arm is from the Alternate Limb Project, where they work to not only give amputees functional and useful prosthetics, but prosthetics that are an extension of the individual’s personality. So when Young met with Sophie, the head of the team behind his new bionic arm, they not only talked about how they could make Young an arm to make everyday life a bit easier, but also what aesthetic choices and cool things Young wanted on his new limb.The arm that Young ultimately ended up with is nothing short of a work of scientific art. It’s got a flashlight, a built-in smart watch, and a laser. Most impressively the hand is a fully-functioning, working hand that reacts to Young. It also looks totally badass. Young’s journey was documented in a two-part documentary on BBC Three called
While the project may have been, at its core, a unique marketing technique for
Have you or someone you loved lost a limb? What is one thing you wish those who haven’t would understand about losing part of your body? What other advances would you like to see in prosthetic technology? Let’s talk about it in the comments!
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