Man Fitted With Bionic Hand in Pioneering NHS Treatment

By Gary Cutlack on at

Mike Swainger lost his right arm and leg some 20 years ago, after being hit by a train while messing about on a railway line as a kids. He's now been bodged back together by the NHS, which has given him a new robotic limb.

The device, which is known as the myo-electric bebionic3, is controlled by two electrodes which attach to the bicep and tricep, allowing the wearer to send signals to the hand and control its grip. Produced by a private company in the US, the bebionic3 is still very much a work-in-progress piece of tech, but Mike's well happy with it and the NHS attachment job, saying it's helping with boring everyday tasks like tying shoelaces and opening food packaging. [Daily Mail]