If I lost an arm I can't say I'd run out to have the thing replaced with a tentacle. That's just asking for people to stare (and children to run screaming). No, I'd opt for a laser cannon before anything else. You know, or a plastic cutlass if times are tough. Still, maybe you'd want one. Hey, I'm not here to judge, I'm here to -- wait, why am I here? I was told there'd be free beer!
Kaylene Kau's prosthetic arm isn't your typical robot-arm. It doesn't even have fingers -- it's flexible tentacle design would make for an excellent replacement hand for wielding a lightsaber.
As a part of a student project, Kau was asked to "push the boundaries of current upper-limb prosthetic design." Powered by a small motor and a set of cables, the tentacle shaped prosthetic arm curls its claw to grip objects.
You know what? I change my mind about the whole laser cannon thing. I think I want a leg for an arm instead. That way I could run on all threes like a tricycle and hopefully win races. "GW, you sound mentally handicapped". Special Olympics gold, baby!
Hit the jump for a bunch more shots of the perfect arm to match your Cthulhu face.
Thanks to Kane, inkblot girl and travis SQUIBB, who all want wheels installed on their hands. Like the Wheelers from Return to Oz? GTFO out of here with that creepiness!