As technology advances and humans become more and more ‘connected’ to it, we are seeing more ways that we can augment our own bodies with prosthetics. A London-based art designer created a piece with the intention of showing that prosthetics are not disabilities, they are augmentations. Ladies and gentleman, allow us to introduce you to the third thumb.
The appendage was created using a 3D printer and is controlled by a signaling device worn on the foot which connects to the thumb via Bluetooth. It’s applications are seemingly endless. From flipping through Instagram to holding cards to playing the guitar, there are so many human activities that could be improved with this thing.
The Third Thumb Project was created by artist, Dani Clode who says ‘it instigates necessary conversation about the definition of ‘ability.” She wants to see prosthetics take on the same quality as glasses or plastic surgery: to go from a medical treatment to self-expression and a ‘positive body image statement.’
It’s a pretty cool experiment in coordination too. You have to use the foot sensors in-sync with your hand for the thumb to actually be helpful. Clode says in her explanation of the project that the mechanics were inspired by other activities that require that kind of foot-hand coordination like driving, using a sewing machine or playing a piano.
In general, people are pretty excited about the concept.
— The Verge (@verge) July 7, 2017
— Paul Salkeld (@ErgoEvrywhr) June 30, 2017
It is just CREEPY! I want one 🙂
— Jb1tt3r (@jb1tt3r) July 10, 2017
— Digital Trends (@DigitalTrends) July 12, 2017
Can finally use an xbox controller with one hand.
— Nikhil Sharma (@http_niku) July 7, 2017
Is it possible that we’ll someday see something like this on the market with people using them recreationally? Maybe, but that’s probably a long way off. It’s certainly got everyone thinking though. So, what would you do with your third thumb?