Terrorism Victim Gets Cybernetic Arm

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Terrorism Victim Gets Cybernetic Arm

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A victim of the 7/7 bombing has been given a new lease on life with a battery-operated prosthetic arm that fuses metal and flesh.

Cyborgs have long been a staple of the sci-fi genre, but Kira Mason, who lost an arm in the London terror attacks, has become a real-life Bionic Woman with a pioneering prosthetic limb.

The procedure, called intraosseous transcutaneous amputation prosthesis, or ITAP, encourages the patient's tissue to fuse with a titanium rod fitted into the bone and does away with the need for the cumbersome straps and sockets normally associated with prosthesis, as well as avoiding the infection and pressure sores that have occurred with previous attempts to fuse metal and bone.

The prosthetic itself is operated by flexing muscles in the upper arm and allows Mrs. Mason to grip objects with a surprising degree of precision.

"It's taken a bit of getting used to but now I can control my arm much better as well - I can hold both a knife and fork to eat and even do delicate tasks such as holding a squidgy cake or opening a packet of butter without squashing it," she said.

Norbert Kang, the plastic surgeon who carried out the procedure is hopeful that this technique will benefit many more people in the future, saying, "We've been able to prove that we can get osteocutaneous integration - that's to say the soft tissue fuses with the surface of the metal... We can create a new generation of reconstruction."

Source: BBC and Daily Mail via Gizmodo

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And thus it begins. May the developments only accelerate from here; my sympathy for the woman who lost her arm, and my gratitude for her accepting this next technological step forward for the whole of humanity.

BobisOnlyBob:
And thus it begins. May the developments only accelerate from here; my sympathy for the woman who lost her arm, and my gratitude for her accepting this next technological step forward for the whole of humanity.

"Sometimes something must be lost in order for the light to be found"

as well as avoiding the infection and pressure sores that have occurred with previous attempts to fuse metal and bone.

Fantastic. That -- as far as I see it -- was the biggest obstacle that needed to be overcome.

Alright, it's official. Science is awesome.

meatloaf231:
Alright, it's official. Science is awesome.

Isn't it just? :)

Now if they can wire the nerves into wires, giving her brain control, we just need the Megacorporations to take over and we're all set

One step closer to Shadowrun. I'm just waiting for the moment when someone says "Yes sir, we *can* make Wolverine."

sweet
now she can use her newfound powers to gain revenge on those who wronged her

Getting closer to ghost in the shell... I can feel it, now we just need brain-computer interfaces to go mainstream and less creepy and bingo!

Ah, I thought you meant like Will Smiths in iRobot. Still pretty cool though, I want two Cybernetic Arms, just below my real ones.

Hunde Des Krieg:
Getting closer to ghost in the shell... I can feel it, now we just need brain-computer interfaces to go mainstream and less creepy and bingo!

oh, I sure want a cyber brain and the camouflage system that comes bundled with it. =D

cainx10a:

Hunde Des Krieg:
Getting closer to ghost in the shell... I can feel it, now we just need brain-computer interfaces to go mainstream and less creepy and bingo!

oh, I sure want a cyber brain and the camouflage system that comes bundled with it. =D

Hell Yeah! I wish I lived in that universe. So awesome.

Wow, amazing tech there!

nilcypher:

meatloaf231:
Alright, it's official. Science is awesome.

Isn't it just? :)

As long as it's not being used to blow people up (when they don't deserve it), agreed.

For some reason, the first thing that popped into my head was auto-mail from Full Metal Alchemist. Hopefully, the procedure won;t be as painful as auto-mail, though.

I'm stuck wondering what a "squidgy cake" is...

Yeah, but does it have a built-in machine gun?

Gimme an arm with weaponry and we'll talk.

KaZZaP:
I'm stuck wondering what a "squidgy cake" is...

That's what I was wondering. Anyway, wasn't there a story about an war Veteran from Iraq who got one of these? It was several months ago. Either way, this is awesome.

KaZZaP:
I'm stuck wondering what a "squidgy cake" is...

Given the fact that she's in London, she's probably referring to this: http://www.squidgycakecompany.co.uk/

Blayze:

as well as avoiding the infection and pressure sores that have occurred with previous attempts to fuse metal and bone.

Fantastic. That -- as far as I see it -- was the biggest obstacle that needed to be overcome.

agreed, im stuck wondering how... i mean the very thought of fusing it to the bone would cause all kinds of internal complications alone. must have been a delicate process indeed

Aardvark:
Now if they can wire the nerves into wires, giving her brain control, we just need the Megacorporations to take over and we're all set

Shadowrun anyone?

I feel so good for this woman. I only hope these new developments in prosthetic limbs doesn't get out of hand (case of extreme out of hand watch Appleseed Ex:Machina).

I've seen Appleseed Ex Machina, and ignoring the inherent issues dealt with in the course of the plot, I saw nothing wrong with the society created - only the issues produced by a lack of caution in their implementation, and allowing singular individuals to control or manipulate such technology. The danger is also the same issue we have now in the internet with spambot-viruses running amok; the internet was (and the devices that connect to it were) never designed with safeguards against such things.

Also, that movie uses just about every cyberpunk, postcyberpunk, and general trope it can get its cybernetic hands on. It's a jenga-block tower of cliches that comes together perfectly. :D

Living in the past ppl!

cybernetic arms! pfft just grow it back! watch this.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7354458.stm

Now, these are the sorts of things which make me proud to be working towards a career in cybernetics. The ability to give a new lease of life to people is a noble cause, and I greatly respect the scientists and doctors who worked on this and the woman herself for accepting the device.

Hooray for Cybernetic limbs!

I know they already made a cybernetic eye that attaches to the retina and has a camera where the lens used to be, which I might add can see in infared (super sweet). Now they are working the kinks out of fusing metal to bone without complications.

It can't be long until someone figures out how to attach to the nerves and give direct brain control.

That is super sweet.

One step closer to create a guy named Gray Fox.

BobisOnlyBob:
And thus it begins. May the developments only accelerate from here; my sympathy for the woman who lost her arm, and my gratitude for her accepting this next technological step forward for the whole of humanity.

My thoughts exactly.

meatloaf231:
Alright, it's official. Science is awesome.

My other thoughts exactly.

There's my hourly brain report for you.

BobisOnlyBob:
And thus it begins. May the developments only accelerate from here; my sympathy for the woman who lost her arm, and my gratitude for her accepting this next technological step forward for the whole of humanity.

Soon, Skynet will rise. We can only hope Arnie has being practising after the poor showing in T3.

Although seriously, great news for the whole field of replacement limbs.

Yes! Yes! Yes! I can't make quasi-orgasmic noises enough!

Congratulations for Ms Mason. It's great to know that she's got a new arm, and that technology marches onwards. Anyone up for a round of Deus Ex?

Now she can give Al Quaeda the finger with both hands again! Yay science!

Hunde Des Krieg:

cainx10a:

Hunde Des Krieg:
Getting closer to ghost in the shell... I can feel it, now we just need brain-computer interfaces to go mainstream and less creepy and bingo!

oh, I sure want a cyber brain and the camouflage system that comes bundled with it. =D

Hell Yeah! I wish I lived in that universe. So awesome.

Haven't you guys seen Ghost in the Shell 2 / The second season of GITS Standalone Complex, where some of the characters had some kind of "Insta Hack Guns"?

Someone could creep up on you, shove some device in your Dataport Thingie and upload some badly written C++ Program into you to get you stuck in some kind of infinite loop crash paralysis.

Not exactly something i'm dreaming of...

Maybe I can look forward into being Batou once I hit forty. I'd go for that.

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