BIONIC HANDS – part 1: From Star Wars to world’s best inventions: the prosthetic hand!

November 30, 2009

Star Wars episode V - Luke Skywalker's prosthetic hand.Luke Skywalker from Star Wars.

BIONIC HANDS – From Luke Skywalker (Star Wars) to the first prosthetic hand!

What appeared to be science fiction in 1980 when Luke Skywalker’s “prosthetic hand” was introduced in Star Wars episode V (‘The Empire strikes Back’), has in the 21th century definitely become reality. For, in 2008 Time Magazine included the ‘bionic hand’ in the list of best inventions!

The article presents an overview of the milestones in the developments of various ‘bionic hands’ – what could become the ‘NEXT NATURE’ version of the human hand! A review of how disabled people in time were able to become a ‘bionic man’ or ‘bionic woman’!

NOTICE: The concept ‘Next Nature‘ – introduced by sciene philosopher Koert van Mensvoort – is described as follows:

“Next nature is the nature caused by human culture. That may sound like a contradiction, but really, it isn’t. Our technological world has become so intricate and uncontrollable that it has become a nature of its own. This means we have to re-investigate our notion of nature.”

SUGGESTION FOR FURTHER READING:

BIONIC HANDS: From Luke Skywalker to Time’s 2008 best inventions!
A new milestone for the bionic hand (2007)
Evolution of the 5 fingers in the human hand!
The man who grew a finger!
More ‘evolutionary’ hand reports!

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