My short bio: I was born without my left forearm due to dysmelia. Place correct me if I spell something wrong I´m not an native englisch speaker.

Here is a picture of my bionic arm:

My Proof:

Edit: I'm going to sleep now. I'll answer the rest tomorrow.

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UlrichOtalgia31 karma

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?

Woodpeckerfpv23 karma

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

swordfishy8 karma

A little glue never really stopped anyone.

Woodpeckerfpv35 karma

But 30000€

DrunkWino30 karma

Do people call you Big Boss?

Woodpeckerfpv43 karma

no but they often call me cyborg.

c1ue0017 karma

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

Woodpeckerfpv39 karma

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.

Blizardio14 karma

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

Woodpeckerfpv24 karma

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.

aleister9413 karma

Did you ask for this?

Woodpeckerfpv12 karma

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

your_FACE_x12 karma

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?

Woodpeckerfpv27 karma

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

EpicRob42011 karma

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

Woodpeckerfpv13 karma

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

joaoabdalla9 karma

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??

Woodpeckerfpv12 karma

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.

Thisappleisgreen8 karma

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

Woodpeckerfpv8 karma

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

crminshaw7 karma

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?

Woodpeckerfpv12 karma

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

Decriam6 karma

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

Woodpeckerfpv4 karma

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

captainhaj6 karma

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

Woodpeckerfpv5 karma

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

handrock5 karma

How does elbow typing work??

Woodpeckerfpv22 karma

With a lot of practice

nickzakh5 karma

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.

Woodpeckerfpv12 karma

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

ItJasper5 karma

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

Woodpeckerfpv9 karma

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

martindm034 karma

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?

Woodpeckerfpv2 karma

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

JJMax42643 karma

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

Woodpeckerfpv2 karma

I have to change it every night

OcelotMatrix3 karma

How did you afford it?

Woodpeckerfpv27 karma

100% German health insurance

OcelotMatrix2 karma

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?

Woodpeckerfpv2 karma

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

OcelotMatrix1 karma

Interesting but I meant you personally.

Like can you paint it?

Woodpeckerfpv2 karma

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

OcelotMatrix1 karma

How do you clean the device?

Woodpeckerfpv3 karma

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

ardnamurch1 karma

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.

Woodpeckerfpv2 karma

Gesetzlich AOK Regelt.

StopandSquander2 karma

Have you jerked off with it?

Woodpeckerfpv2 karma

It has sharp edges inside

AntiauthoritarianCan2 karma

Can you catch different objects? If so how big?

Woodpeckerfpv2 karma

I can catch small objects but it's really hard

Poseidon12321 karma

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

Woodpeckerfpv1 karma

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

Trigger931 karma

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

Woodpeckerfpv3 karma

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

TurdleBoy1 karma

Do you plan on fighting crime?

Woodpeckerfpv5 karma

Like Deus ex style?

TurdleBoy1 karma

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

Woodpeckerfpv7 karma

No because I don't have feelings

thatgeeman1 karma

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

Woodpeckerfpv1 karma

Of course, it really helps there

jontrausti1 karma

From what company is it, type?

Woodpeckerfpv1 karma

It's the bebionic v3 small

agenthl1 karma

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

Woodpeckerfpv2 karma

Haven't tested that

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Woodpeckerfpv2 karma

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.