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iRobot becomes a reality as man gets smartphone built into his artificial arm

Emma Reynolds Daily Mail 10/28/2011 07:45
iRobot becomes a reality as man gets smartphone built into his artificial arm - Science - Technology - UK


iRobot has become a reality after a British man became the world's first person to have a smartphone dock built into his prosthetic arm.



Trevor Prideaux, who was born without a left arm, can now call and text with ease using the Nokia C7 stuck in his fibreglass and laminate forearm.

His story sounds like it is straight out of the Will Smith sci-fi film, in which the actor plays a man with a high-tech mechanical limb.

Mr Prideaux, from Wedmore in Somerset, was fitted with his first prosthetic arm at three years old.

But the 50-year-old catering manager decided to enlist the help of medical experts and Nokia bosses to create an arm to suit his needs.

 

 

Technological breakthrough: The 50-year-old's Nokia smartphone fits snugly in the specially-designed cradle in his artificial limb

 

'I think this is the first time this has ever been done in the world - and it is brilliant,' said the father of one.

'I can now take calls and make texts just by using my one hand, while the phone sits inside my arm.

'The phone slots smoothly and securely within my limb and is easily removable, when required.

'I think this would help a lot of people with prosthetic arms - especially those who were not born with the disability.


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