Be honest, when looking at your hands, you probably take your fingers for granted. Without fingers, imagine trying to do everyday chores involving gripping or your touch senses -- this post, typed up on a laptop, wouldn't have been written. Fortunately, a simple artificial limb has been created, which bends just as well as the real thing, only without fancy machinery to control it.
X Finger by Didrick Medical Inc uses the movement of an amputees nearby fingers to move, but can also move independently. The design is simply a metal framework with joints similar to an actual finger or thumb, covered by a skin colored silicone sheath. The X Finger can work independently due to lateral and vertical flexing of the device, so typing or gaming can now be done without a problem.
Each finger appears to be available and custom made to each person, though in order to get one you'll need your practitioner to take a photo of your hand. Pricing is also only available on request, so get saving.
While it's great to see a seemly simple prosthetic on the market for amputees, without the slightly strange-looking silicone sheath it looks very thin, although this is probably why it's so light at less than 10 grams. Plus with the sheath on, it does actually have a good finger-like silhouette to it, making it pretty subtle.
Check out Didrick Medical's video on the homepage to see the fake limb in action.
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[Via Didrick Medical Inc]