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Handy Gadgets

Prosthetic hands/limbs with accessories
 
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It occured to me when I was using my Sapphire Torch to blind the cat that the mechanism would fit entirely within the shape of a finger with room to spare - so why not drop one into the finger of a prosthetic hand so you could have a torch at your fingertips, so to speak?

Further, with technology increasing as it is, why don't we have a whole range of luxury gadget-laden prosthetics? Why should evil overlords have all the fun when it's perfectly feasible to have glass-eye digital cameras (mentioned before on halfbakery) computers, corkscrews, flicknives and other such important accessories to help make life more bearable for the limbless masses *and* make masturbation a new and exciting dangersport?

manic, Aug 28 2001

eyecam http://www.halfbakery.com/idea/eyecam
[manic, Aug 28 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]

sort of like this guy? http://www.inspecto...t.net/netindex.html
go go gadget corkscrew! [mihali, Aug 28 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]

CyberPunk http://www.talsorian.com/cpindex.shtml
A role-playing game that has lot of these internal gadgets that it calls "cyberware". [Aristotle, Aug 28 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]

Nitanol muscle wires http://www.nitinol.com/3tech.htm
Aka thermoelastic transformation, the hottest actuator in robotics at the moment. [Dog Ed, Aug 28 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]

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       Such technologically advanced prosthetics would surely cost an arm and a leg.
stupop, Aug 28 2001
  

       I find a soldering iron is far more effective when it comes to cat blinding.
-alx, Aug 28 2001
  

       The whole subject of internal gadgets is called cyberware, a term coined by the "Cyber Punk" book genre. Role-playing games written for this genre (see link) include then by the bucket load.
Aristotle, Aug 28 2001
  

       Wait a sec--would one have to sacrifice a hand in order to wear the prosthetic? Could one not instead make a mechanical glove with snap-on torches, soldering tools, ammeter probes, etc?   

       Hey, you could also use nickel-titanium 'muscle wires' (see link) to give the glove enhanced gripping strength. Granted, this is conspicuously baked in fiction and I'll be there's a lot of very active research going on, but if you get there first...
Dog Ed, Aug 28 2001
  


 

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