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Everyone I have ever known who was missing an arm has dealt with it well. However, the way we are set up is to hold a thing in one hand and manipulate it with the other.
So if you (You = amputee) had a small plastic table with a rubberized surface that folded away into a belt when not in use, it
could be very useful. It could serve much the same purpose as the off hand in most cases, i.e. flipping through a magazine, changing that watch battery, eating and drinking simultaneously at a party while standing.
Utility would be further increased by a couple of small spring loaded clamps recessed into the surface, for applying torque to small things. (Poss. Cupholder?)
Hell, build in a cell phone/pda, some work lights, a small tool kit, and a little storage for credit cards and keys and you have a belt that would do Batman proud.
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Apr 16 2006]
||If you lived in Texas, it wouldn't even need to fold. Just make it shaped like your initials and shiny.
||This would be useful for everyone. +
||edit: except those whose tummy to arm dimension ratio is a bit compromised.
||Where is the waist in the Tyrannosaur [IT]?