The 'smart hand,' developed and installed by orthopedists at the Guangdong Rehabilitation Hospital for Occupational Injury, goes far beyond previous advents in its dexterity and range of capabilities.
A man surnamed Liu, who lost part of all four limbs in an explosion at a cement plant, in which he received burns on 95 percent of his body, was the recipient of the groundbreaking new medical tech.
“Now I can drink water on my own and even type on the computer,” the 36-year-old told reporters. “These are things I never dared imagine were possible”.
Mr. Liu, who has spent three months familiarizing himself with the new appendage ahead of last week’s unveiling, proudly demonstrated it’s many features, from manipulating a computer mouse to turning a key.
Though Mr. Liu benefitted from the medical trial program that led to the smart hand’s development, it’s expected cost will be roughly RMB200,000.
[Images via the Yangcheng Evening News]