Matthew Scott received in 1999 the world's first hand transplantation.Matthew Scott demonstrating his hand transplantation.

BIONIC HANDS – 1999: Matthew Scott got the first hand transplant!

On january 24, 1999 Matthew Scott became the first man who received successful hand transplant. In 2009 Matthew was able to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his hand transplant. It was performed in Kentucky by a team of doctors from Jewish Hospital, the University of Louisville and Kleinert Kutz & Associates.

Mr. Scott lost his dominant left hand on December 23, 1985 in a blast from an M80 firecracker.

He is now independent in his activities of daily living, although admits that he had to relearn everything necessary with a prosthetic device to achieve independence. Before the hand transplant, Mr. Scott was using an Otto Bach myoelectric prosthetic device.

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BIONIC HANDS: 12 Milestones for the bionic hand!
2007: How the I-limb became a commercial product!
Motion Contron presents: the ‘Utah arm’!
Bionic Hands – part 1: Star Wars!
RAPHaEl – the air powered robotic hand!

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Motion Control presents the 'Utah Arm'.

BIONIC HANDS – Motion Control developed:
the ‘Utah Arm’!

Motion Control, Inc., is the leading U.S. manufacturer of myoelectric and externally powered prosthetic arm systems. In 1981 they presented the ‘Utah Arm’ – this was the premier myoelectric arm for above elbow amputees, which became one of the first commercially available examples of a bionic hand.

Since then they haved presented in 1987 and 2004 revised versions:

In 1987 the Utah Arm 2 (U2) was released with entirely re-engineered electronics that made the Utah Arm the most durable and dependable myoelectric arm available for a long time.

In 2004 they presented the Utah Arm 3 (U3), including microprocessor technology with a Computer Interface that allows the prosthetist or wearer to fine-tune the adjustments to achieve maximum performance.

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BIONIC HANDS: From Luke Skywalker to Time’s 2008 best inventions!
2007: A new milestone for the bionic hand!
Bionic Hands – part 1: Star Wars!
RAPHaEl – the air powered robotic hand!
The ‘Alien hand syndrome’: scary stories of brain damage!

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.”

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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!