I think I know what writes on Luke’s hand… RSL Steeper’s new bebionic3 hand is the newest incarnation of the company’s prosthetic limbs. It’s capable of holding up to 45 kgs (99 lbs) and sensitive enough to hold a pen and write with it.
The bionic limb uses a wireless chip and sensors from the wearer’s skin and is controlled through sensors in the user’s skin. It’s able to form 14 different grips.
“Having a bebionic hand is like being human again, psychologically I wouldn’t be without it,” says Nigel Ackland, a former metals smelter who was outfitted with the bebionic3′s predecessor. “I can hold the phone, shake hands and wash my left hand normally, which I haven’t been able to for five years! I’m back to being a two finger typist and can even do a very interesting hand signal which I call the 15th function, not particularly functional perhaps, but the psychological benefit is immense! Overall, the bebionic hand has had a great impact on my life, not only does it look more like a human hand but it also functions more like a human hand.”
The bebionic3 costs between $25,000-35,000 depending on the software in it.