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[–]UlrichOtalgia 30 points31 points  (4 children)

Have you ever thought about taking the casing off of the arm, putting in some robotic looking contact lenses, repeating some morbid phrase and scaring the shit out of people?

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 21 points22 points  (3 children)

The casing is clued on so I can´t take it of :(

[–]swordfishy 7 points8 points  (2 children)

A little glue never really stopped anyone.

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 32 points33 points  (1 child)

But 30000€

[–]bet1598 17 points18 points  (0 children)

30k has stopped at least one person lol

[–]Blizardio 13 points14 points  (2 children)

how does it know how your brain wants it to move?

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 22 points23 points  (1 child)

I have two muscles left that would tilt my hand forward and backward. In my prosthetic I have two metal plates that detect a tiny electrical potential, if I contract one or both of my muscles. One muscle opens the prosthetic hand the other closes it. If the hand is already open it switches between two grid patterns. Pressing the button on the back of the hand enables two more grip patterns to switch in between. Rotating the thumb enables 4 more grip patterns.

[–]bet1598 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Thats super cool, something i have never had to consider. Thanks for the AMA, you're a good guy to do it and hopefully it helps your mentality and brings positivity.

[–]aleister94 14 points15 points  (3 children)

Did you ask for this?

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Yeah, I saw it in the internet and asked my prosthetist if I can try it out.

[–]aleister94 2 points3 points  (0 children)

So you asked for this, you asked to be shown how human you were, and how much more you could become

[–]TarmacFFS 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I love the innocence of this reply.

[–]DrunkWino 28 points29 points  (3 children)

Do people call you Big Boss?

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 40 points41 points  (2 children)

no but they often call me cyborg.

[–]EpicRob420 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Have you tried spanking the monkey with it? Dead serious question.

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 12 points13 points  (0 children)

It has sharp edges that would really hurt and ENT in a bludy mess

[–]joaoabdalla 8 points9 points  (1 child)

I bet you're used to it already, but do u find it heavy? I mean, it bothers you? and how's the precision?? How do u feel about the future of this technologies? It's good enough already? or not even close??

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Afte wearing it for a while the wight is not a problem. The hand is about 300g if you are interested. The precision is not really grat because I ahve no feelins in it and that mekes it not even close to a normal hand.

[–]c1ue00 16 points17 points  (1 child)

How do people react when they see your arm and how do you wish they would react?

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 40 points41 points  (0 children)

People see it and of say something like wow this is a cool arm and ask me questions about it and thats what I want. Befor I had the bionic arm people would just awkwarly stare at me whit was really annoying.

[–]crminshaw 6 points7 points  (1 child)

How long did it take you to learn how to use your bionic arm? Can you use it just as well as your right hand?

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I ahd a less funktional prostehtic befor that helped me a lot. Within a week I was able to use it fluent.

[–]Thisappleisgreen 6 points7 points  (1 child)

How up to date is it ? How do you see the future of this tech ?

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

It's one of the best things you can get. The future sure will be mind controlled.

[–]your_FACE_x 11 points12 points  (1 child)

I misread the title as "bionic firearm" at first. Since I'm here, what kind of crush pressure does the hand have? Can it be adjusted?

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 27 points28 points  (0 children)

It's really weak but enough to lift a full bottle of water. I had a less functional hand before that could crush walnuts.

[–]nickzakh 5 points6 points  (3 children)

As a 15 year old, what are your plans for college/future? Are you thinking about working on smart prosthetics too?

You would have the motivation to create something better considering you have a personal benefit.

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Thought about going into the prosthetics industry but my dream job is aero and space engineering

[–]nickzakh 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]CptMad 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Your dream job is aero and space engineering, do that!

[–]captainhaj 5 points6 points  (4 children)

do you type with one hand or the bionic one as well?

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 4 points5 points  (3 children)

I have learned to type with my elbow before I got the bionic arm.

[–]handrock 4 points5 points  (2 children)

How does elbow typing work??

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 22 points23 points  (0 children)

With a lot of practice

[–]Doyouinthebutt 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Elbow grease

[–]ItJasper 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Can you do anything cool or weird that others physically can't?

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 11 points12 points  (1 child)

I still have my left elbow and I can bend it like 20° backwards.

[–]Decriam 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Do you ever arm wrestle with it? And if so how does that go?

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I'm not wrestling with it. It's way to dangerous.

[–]Decriam 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Good point you don't wanna crush they're hands with your awesome robot arm.

[–]OcelotMatrix 2 points3 points  (9 children)

How did you afford it?

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 26 points27 points  (8 children)

100% German health insurance

[–]OcelotMatrix 1 point2 points  (5 children)

Mein gott. To this American that's more of a superpower than the bionic arm.

Follow up question: are you allowed to decorate/modify it? Maybe some kickass decals?

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 1 point2 points  (4 children)

My prosthetist is open for design changes because he makes the arm and the hand gets clicked onto it.

[–]OcelotMatrix 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Interesting but I meant you personally.

Like can you paint it?

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I could but I don't want because I like the design as it is.

[–]OcelotMatrix 0 points1 point  (1 child)

How do you clean the device?

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I can wash the part that hold on my arm. The rest is not water tight.

[–]ardnamurch 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Privat oder gesetzlich?

For the rest of the world: Germany's health care system is divided into a legal part and a private part. Everbody who earns up to a certain amount of money is in the legal system. Even unemployed people. If you earn more or if you are self employed or a state official, than you you can choose a private health insurance. Main difference: they pay more and you get a doctor's appointment much quicker.

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Gesetzlich AOK Regelt.

[–]JJMax4264 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Does it run on battery power or can it be charged? How long does the power last?

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have to change it every night

[–]AntiauthoritarianCan 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Can you catch different objects? If so how big?

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I can catch small objects but it's really hard

[–]StopandSquander 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Have you jerked off with it?

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It has sharp edges inside

[–]martindm03 2 points3 points  (1 child)

That thing looks badass by the way, like some Deus Ex level badass. How dexterous is it? Are you easily able to do things that require dexterity, for example tying a knot?

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don't have any feelings in it so making a knot is really hard.

[–]TurdleBoy 0 points1 point  (2 children)

How hard is it to do smaller more precise tasks? Like can you play instruments or type with your arm?

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 6 points7 points  (1 child)

No because I don't have feelings

[–]SuperCFrag 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]TurdleBoy 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Do you plan on fighting crime?

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Like Deus ex style?

[–]TurdleBoy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Definitely like Deus ex style

[–]agenthl 0 points1 point  (1 child)

With your bionic arm, how many words can you type per minute, on average?

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Haven't tested that

[–]Haze95 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How did you go about getting a bionic arm?

[–]opie_is_a_poop 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Do you like the nickname terminator?

[–]thatgeeman 0 points1 point  (1 child)

When u write notes do you keep your left hand over the book/table?

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Of course, it really helps there

[–]jontrausti 0 points1 point  (1 child)

From what company is it, type?

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's the bebionic v3 small

[–]Poseidon1232 0 points1 point  (2 children)

How much can you lift with that hand? Has it ever been defected?

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

It often has software problems/bugs. I could lift up to 40kg but I'm really weak on my left arm.

[–]Poseidon1232 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ah, okay. Really interesting actually! Thanks!

[–]RufusCalhoun 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ever seen the cartoon called the bionic 6? It is cool

[–]Tiwuwanfu 0 points1 point  (0 children)

i bet u love mccree from overwatch, right?

[–]Trigger93 0 points1 point  (1 child)

As an engineer I want to know, is it awesome? I'm a bit jealous.

Are there any daily tasks that you find yourself struggling with? Suggestions for future design? Have you thought of upgrading to a swiss army arm like this one

[–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yeah it´s awsone but having no feelins is a huge bottleneck because I an´t do persice things.

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    [–]Woodpeckerfpv[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    It's to heavy and unpersice so it's not good for gaming. But I don't need it for that, I have learned to press the keys with my elbow and my laptop doesn't allow much gaming :(.

    To the yanking: it has really sharp edges inside. It would hurt much.

    [–]deadmennotales -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

    I know this is a weird question but I was just wondering if you have ever masturbated with it? Can you even masturbate with it? Can you feel pleasure from it if you have?