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IamA guy with a cyborg-looking hand

Long story short, I was born with symbrachydactyly affecting my left hand (Happens to 1 in 30-40 000 babies) and therefore I was missing all fingers and the majority of the palm.

I recently was the first person in Sweden to get one of these hands from E-Nable. It's a Raptor Reloaded. If you have any questions just ask them.

Proof 1: http://imgur.com/a/jw04t (My E-NABLE hand)

Proof 2: http://imgur.com/a/XxQJb (My E-NABLE hand doing Thumbs Up)

Proof 3: http://imgur.com/a/LIReP (My little hand)

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Is it just muscle control to use the hand or brain-powered or what? That's awesome.

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It's completely mechanical. Opens by bending my wrist up, closes by bending it down.

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Do you walk in public with that hand? How does everyone respond?

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I do, and I wish I could take a picture of the faces on some of the people who notices it

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How many times have you pretended to be a terminator while jacking it?

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Many, very many times

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Did you see the movie Logan?

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I have not

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Well, this guy also has a cyborg hand. Pretty badass, imo. https://www.outerplaces.com/images/user_upload/logan8.gif

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Now I'm just jealous, damn

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Hi JustOneHand,

My university Capstone team and I are working on improving materials and modifying open-source designs of 3D printed prosthetic arms (specifically Limbitless). What are some of the biggest issues you have when it comes your prosthetic hand? What are some things you wish you could improve? How are the materials holding up? Any information helps, as we aim to get these arms to kids at the local children's hospital.

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Well, the grip power is very weak making it hard to actually use it for stuff and the fingers easily break mostly by having the thread snapping or the knot going up.

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Can it chop onions real quick?

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I can't see a thing behind all the tears while chopping onions, so I have no idea

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If it only opens and closes, do you type with one hand or is it a very slow process? Or do you use voice control?

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I type with nothing put my index finger, and very fast so

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Does your cyborg hand have any capabilities that are enhanced beyond your other hand?

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Nope, none.

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How do you control your fingers?

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It's completely mechanical. Opens by bending my wrist up, closes by bending it down.

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Greets from Linköping!

How does having a robot-hand (which looks really cool by the way) affect your daily life? Disadvantages? Advantages, if any?

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Well, I work way better and much faster with it off and just using one hand. But it helps for when I'm holding a lot of stuff at the same time, or when walking in public not having to hide my nub

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what characters did you enjoy dressing up for Halloween as a child?

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Nemo, Captain Hook and a Surfer.. Duh.

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Ever consider adding claws?

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That would be amazing

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Do you blame your parents?

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Duh. Those fuckers stole my hand!

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What modifications would you like to undergo Shoot lazers anything in particular ?

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Well, it would be great to attach a lightsaber to it, or a flamethrower. Or lasers.

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How recent was this? Your face looks very similar to the mechanical ones. How well developed did your left hand get? Did you manage to use it "properly" in any way? Also, did you ever wish you didn't get a mechanical hand? I knew a guy, a while back (I say I knew him...) who probably had symbrachydactyly, and he was one of the best football (soccer? Damn the yanks...) goalkeepers I've met.

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I got the hand around two-three weeks ago, so it was very recent.

My left arm is completely developed, just a tiny bit shorter (2cm) and thinner. My left hand has a wrist, very small palm and small 'nubbins' which were gonna become my fingers, none of them able to move at all. And it's really helpful for supporting what I'm doing in different ways.

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Have you used your new hand on any ladies yet?

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Sadly I'm gay, so nah

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At what point in your life did you get your hand replaced?

And have you ever had trouble in your life struggling with not fitting in or did pretty much everyone in your life accept it as normal?

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I was fitted with my first prosthesis around two-three months ago which was a myoelectric arm. And when I was younger I always hid it so most people didn't even know about me missing a hand, but after the shock of finding out they just forgot about it.

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Have your met other people with similar hands?

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I met a guy with an i-Limb Ultra a while back when I was getting fitted for my myoelectric arm, and I have a friend whose missing his left forearm who has a myoelectric. Other than that, no.

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How do you play sports and musical instruments?

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I use my little hand for support, but honestly, I don't exactly play sports or instruments.

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Favorite pizza toppings?

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Cheese, ham and shrimps. I'm boring, I know

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What was the dumbest and/or funniest comment on your hand you have heard from people?

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Some random guy in my school come up to me, literally shouting out with a panicked voice with around 15 people around us "What happened to your arm?!"

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How easy is it to manipulate your mechanical hand?

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In the beginning it's pretty difficult since you still haven't learned to know when you're gripping too weak or too hard, but after a while it's really easy.

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Are there any drawbacks of having it?

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I function way better without it, so yes. The grip power is really weak so you can barely use it for anything, the fingers easily break, I've spent my entire life using nothing but one hand.

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If the grip is weak, would you consider strapping some magnets around objects and on your mechanical finger/Hands to pick objects?

Holding is for Mammals, cyborgs could totally benefit from magnetics to pick up things.

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That sounds like a pretty good idea, but I don't mind too much. I mostly use it to look cool af

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Ayy I'm moving to Sweden in a few months! Do you think that sometime in the near future, your "cyborg" hand will have the same capabilities as your normal one? Also, what do girls (or boys, if that's to your liking) think about it when it comes to romantic relationships? Does it hinder anything?

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Well, I'm not even 15 yet, so I think it's a bit too early for relationships. But I doubt it would be the "right one" if they would get uncomfortable just because I have a prosthesis.

I'm not sure actually, not in the near future anyways. The hand is such an extremely advanced body part, so it would be really hard to make a cyborg hand better than it. But when it comes to strength they're already much stronger than most human hands.

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Stupid question, but how does it stay on your hand? Or do you keep it on all the time?

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This one I just strap onto my hand. While my myoelectric arm I just drag on like a glove. A very hard, heavy and sweaty glove.

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What was your first reaction when you got the Cyborg hand ?

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By me or someone else? I was mindblown.

The other person was mindblown as well.

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How strong is it?

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Extremely weak.