Sixteen-year-old gets super-powered robot arm that can be controlled with smartphone app

Originally posted on National Post | News:

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A sixteen-year-old boy who lost most of his hand as an infant has become the first person in the United Kingdom to get an advanced new model of robotic hand. Patrick Kane’s new “i-limb” is so advanced that the teen can program and control it with his iPhone.

The i-limb is a new one from a U.K. company called Touch Bionics, which makes artificial limbs for a variety of clients.

The robotic limbs, which react to brain impulses and cost between $50,000 and $60,000, have been on the market for a few years, but this year’s “i-limb ultra revolution” has a number of additions including a rotatable thumb.

Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

However, the big addition is the ability to program the arm with a smart phone app. The app allows the user to flip the hand into a number of pre-set grips, and allows…

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