Luke Skywalker's robotic hand is finally a reality

A couple of years ago, Bebionic gave us a peek at what the future of prosthetic limbs might look like. Now the company has improved the device's design and function and the result is simply astounding.

The Bebionic3 is a myoelectric prosthetic hand that uses residual neuro-muscular signals from your muscles to operate a number of precise functions. To see the hand in action is to immediately recall the scene in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in which Luke Skywalker examines his new robotic hand after losing it to Darth Vader. The hand is about as realistic and functional as the one in the film, with the ability to write with pen, delicately hold glasses and bottles, and even crack eggs.

Featuring a range of 14 hand positions and grips, the Bebionic3 is also offered with a skin-tone glove that approximates the appearance of a real hand. You can see patient Nigel Ackland using the Bebionic3 prosthetic hand in the video below.

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