This Posthuman Brit Turned His Prosthetic Arm Into A Smartphone Dock

This Posthuman Brit Turned His Prosthetic Arm Into A Smartphone Dock

Friends sometimes tell me I have a hollow leg, but they don’t really mean it: they just mean that my rampant alcoholism is frequently imperceptible. If it were literally true that I had a hollow leg, I’d probably be tempted to do something crazy with it… like, say, run an Apple Dock Connector up through it and turn my upper calf into an easily accessible iPhone dock.

That’s why I’m so green with envy reading this Telegraph story about Trevor Prideaux, a British man born without a left arm who modified his prosthetic to be a smartphone dock. The only problem? He crammed a Nokia in there, not an iPhone!

Prideaux decided to modify his prosthetic after finding it was just too difficult to use his Nokia C7 one-handed, so he worked with a team of British prosthetic experts and Nokia to scoop out his prosthetic forearm and install a nice little hollow in which to nuzzle his Nokia.

It’s an awesome little body mod, no question, but why Nokia, Trev? Don’t you know that thanks to Siri, the iPhone 4S is easily the most accessible device yet to people with physical disabilities? Now when you inevitably switch handsets, you’ll have to replace your whole arm!

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  • seelee

    I don’t want to sound insensitive, but DUDE that is fricking awesome!

  • Chris

    And on this day in history, the Borg were born.

  • sreejith sivanandan

    Trevor contacted Apple to try and get hold of a blank iPhone casing to test it out, but he said the communications giant refused to co-operate.He then put the idea to the back of his mind, before a trip to his local 02 shop to get an upgrade on his Nokia phone brought the plan back to life.They agreed to help him and his technicians at the Exeter Mobility Centre got working on a ground-breaking limb.

  • jsstl

    We are the Borg.  Resistance is futile.

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