A British man is the owner of perhaps the most convenient smartphone dock in existence. It’s actually a slot embedded in 50-year-old Trevor Prideaux’s prosthetic arm, custom made to fit his Nokia C7 phone.
Prideaux was born without a left forearm and has worn a prosthetic since the age of three. He says he’s struggled to make calls and send texts with one hand, especially since the advent of touch-screen smartphones. Communicating by cell phone is vital in his work as a catering manager, and he says he was sometimes left having to balance a phone on his prosthetic to tap out a message. To see the image of Prideaux visit the UK website The Telegraph.
This summer he approached Exeter Mobility Centre for help.
“We started by taking an impression of the mobile phone so that we had an exact shape to work with,” explains lead prosthetist Dave House at EMC. “We had to take into account a number of factors including the phone was secure but easy to remove with one hand; the function of the forearm prosthesis was not compromised and ensuring that we could manufacture it again if the phone was replaced and was a different design or size.”
Nokia also helped with the design, and after a successful test fitting, the custom prosthetic was manufactured and delivered to Prideaux.
“I can now take calls and make texts just by using my one hand, while the phone sits inside my arm,” the catering manager told the Telegraph. “Now when I get call I can either hold my arm up to my ear or put it on speaker phone. I can also take it out if I need to.”
Prideaux says he originally approached Apple about the idea, but his request for an empty iPhone casing to test it out was refused by the company. Nokia proved to be more helpful, and the dock in the prosthetic is made specifically for the C7, making it too narrow to fit current iPhones.
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