Amputee Gamer Got His Arm Replaced With $75,000 Bionic One, And It Has A Drone Inside
Gamers take care of each other. That’s what 26-year-old James Young witnessed after his subway accident when he fell on tracks and lost left leg and arm (among other injuries). During his recovery, he was approached by the video game company Konami (the guys who were promoting the new Metal Gear Solid game) who cooperated with high-tech scientists to make James a bionic arm replacement.
The prosthetic was designed by Sophie de Oliveira Barata, from the Alternative Limb Project, and then given a Metal Gear Solid makeover, among the neat gadgets incorporated into the robotic arm. These include a light torch, USB ports for charging, a smartwatch and even a flying drone which mounts on the shoulder.
The arm itself is controlled by James’ shoulder muscles and is nimble enough to handle coin-sized objects, which is no small feat for the prosthetics nowadays. The cost of this bionic arm was around £60,000 (about $75,000), but as with all technology, it should go down in price soon.