Thursday, October 27, 2011

Man has smartphone dock built into prosthetic arm

A British man has become the world's first ever patient to have a smartphone docking system built into his prosthetic arm. Trevor Prideaux, who was born without his left arm, used to have to balance the smartphone on his prosthetic arm or put it on a flat surface to use it.

But now Mr Prideaux, 50, can call and text his loved ones without moving the mobile, which is embedded into his fibreglass and laminate limb. The catering manager sought help from medical experts and communications chiefs at Nokia to build the special prosthethic.

Photos from SWNS.

They carefully carved a phone shaped fibrecast cradle into the skin-coloured prototype, allowing his Nokia C7 to sit inside it. Mr Prideaux, of Wedmore, Somerset, said: "I think this is the first time this has ever been done in the world - and it is brilliant.

"I can now take calls and make texts just by using my one hand, while the phone sits inside my arm. The phone slots smoothly and securely within my limb and is easily removable, when required. I think this would help a lot of people with prosthethic arms - especially those who were not born with the disability."


Eve said...

Absolutely brilliant!

SteveC said...


Myself I hear the odd joke about me being 'legless' after having a drink (I'm a leg amputee). This fella will no doubt get a few jokes about using his 'handfree'.

Insolitus said...

In hindsight, an obvious solution. Ingenious, nevertheless.