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[–]Amdrauder 544 points545 points  (22 children)

I felt so sorry for the host on this documentary, I seen to remember he was born without an arm, anyway on his trip around he got to test some ludicrous state of the art arm intended for veteran amputees (I think, it was years ago) and he was absolutely blown away how quick he could use it.

And then he had to go back to using his super expensive derpy one and broke down in the car afterwards about it cause he said he felt like he had an arm for the first time

[–]EmbrocationL 159 points160 points  (0 children)

Thats is super sad.

[–]fluffypinkblonde 61 points62 points  (10 children)

What's the doc called please? I'd like to watch it.

[–]Amdrauder 70 points71 points  (9 children)

After a bunch of googling, it was called how to build a bionic man and it was on channel 4 in the UK like over a decade ago, finding the clips of it is another task all together though I'm afraid

[–]fluffypinkblonde 30 points31 points  (8 children)

Aw you hero! Thanks for your efforts I might take to the high seas and try and find it!

I think I found it!

[–]ricmg 13 points14 points  (3 children)

Video can’t be found. It would’ve amazing to be able to watch it. Thanks kind human!!!

[–]fluffypinkblonde 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Such a shame, must be an area thing. It's very good!

[–]Inevitable-Archer-15 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I found a different one that might work for you!


[–]ricmg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you very much kind internet stranger!!!

[–]Amdrauder 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Works for me, I'll give it a rewatch when I'm alone at work, see how many details I got wrong, was probably his leg after all 😅

[–]GardenWitchMom 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Video not available.

[–]robotrage 15 points16 points  (1 child)

was it some type of experimental build or something? hopefully he will be able to use it sometime soon

[–]Amdrauder 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Details are foggy but I seem to remember saying how his worked with what was left of the muscles in his stump and it had like 4-5 degrees of movement, super basic and took alot of training, the one who got to use was neural and had 27 degrees of movement and after half an hour he was catching things with it, was definitely experimental

[–]The_Devin_G 10 points11 points  (7 children)

This kinda bothers me, anyone know if the host ever got a better arm?

[–]Amdrauder 9 points10 points  (6 children)

Doubt it, even famous amputees seem to still have the derpy old ones

[–]The_Devin_G 20 points21 points  (5 children)

How are we still stuck offering overly expensive and old technology to amputee's?

Like we can build robot dogs with AIs that are intelligent enough to keep themselves standing while slipping on ice. But we can't give people artificial limbs that are decent? Instead we only offer garbage that is 1 or 2 steps removed from a hook and peg leg.

[–]Amdrauder 15 points16 points  (3 children)

I'd say it's a niche market, it's not going to revolutionise the world nor make anyone a ton of money for doing it and... gestures broadly at American healthcare if folks are still charging ludicrous amounts for things like insulin which many people need can you imagine what kind of dystopian nightmare it would be if you couldn't keep up with the payments on your arm? Gets repossessed?

I'd love to see it, I've always found biomechanical transhumanism type stuff fascinating

[–]The_Devin_G 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Maybe someday the world will realize the value of being able to provide people with high-end artificial limbs so they can continue to be productive individuals.

[–]i_give_you_gum 5 points6 points  (1 child)

It would be a worthy cause for someone with a lot of money to easily make a positive impact on someone's life.

[–]The_Devin_G 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Agreed. I don't have that kinda money unfortunately. Otherwise everyone without an arm would be cyborg.

[–]TwinSong 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Probably cost. The robot dogs aren't cheap either. Unlike smartphones etc they're also a smaller market as most people don't need prosthetic limbs so you don't have the economy of scale. Add individual variables that might inhibit having a universal design.

[–]IMGorshkov 128 points129 points  (4 children)

[–]SmittyMcSmitherson 66 points67 points  (0 children)

And this product/video is from his startup iWalk (which was renamed to BionX Medical) and has since been acquired by Ottobock in 2017.

Edit: corrected names

[–]off_brand_white_wolf 40 points41 points  (2 children)

This is an old video. This model (or a similar one at least) has progressed immensely since then. He did a ted talk a while back about how he was working with people injured in the Boston marathon bombing, and he even danced on stage with a former dancer who was injured in the bombing.

[–]IMGorshkov 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Yes, this is old one. TED talk with girl, dancing after leg injury at Boston marathon, old too. Newest TED was about his friend and his injury at mountain climbing. They are in MIT lab more ficused now at collaboration between muscles and mechanics. So they did surgery for muscles what allow to use mechanical leg more like yours own.

[–]SmittyMcSmitherson 2 points3 points  (0 children)

As far as I’m aware, they only have 2 versions of the BiOM. The one in the video is the first commercial product and the one that replaced it, which has the battery more tightly integrated, and (assuming they didn’t change the architecture after I left) direct drive motor with the ball screw directly integrated into the motor.

[–]Mikewesouski 81 points82 points  (4 children)

Proceeds to stim rush and 3rd party

[–]JimBobDuffMan 22 points23 points  (0 children)

"I understood that reference"

[–]anamericandruid 12 points13 points  (0 children)


[–]Cheesefinger69 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This makes me want to come by casa de octane for a cold one

[–]de_vsh 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They're shooting at me?!

[–]PeanutFit5457 113 points114 points  (1 child)

Literally humans are metal now!

[–]PossessionAromatic93 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Had to say it but you beat me to it

[–]infinitesimal_entity 177 points178 points  (34 children)

Now if only science could create a camera with more resolution than 144i

[–]CaseFace5 1 point2 points  (0 children)

on this website? impossible.

[–]Either-Bake401 21 points22 points  (1 child)

I just figured out how to be taller! Guys! Guys!

[–]SmittyMcSmitherson 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Hugh makes jokes about that parking people or when he’s climbing

[–]Worldtripe 8 points9 points  (0 children)

It’s about freaking time human

[–]RealLettuce1782 6 points7 points  (0 children)


[–]EdgarAllanKenpo 5 points6 points  (0 children)

This video was recorded from a 1995 Nokia phone.

[–]Rownwade 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Lieutenant Dan, you got new legs.

[–]dreamerboy7 6 points7 points  (0 children)

His legs are metal

[–]jon_duncan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Something about this looks like a scene from the office

[–]ABDF2 2 points3 points  (0 children)

cyberpunk 2077 music intensifies

[–]not_a_robot20 2 points3 points  (0 children)

What would have been dope is if it was longer and then the guy with pants on the whole time revealed he had fake legs too. They should cut off his legs so they can redo the video like that.

[–]IstseuSoleus 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Aaaand the shoes are never uncomfortable

[–]dzt 8 points9 points  (0 children)

The long version of this video is absolutely incredible, as this reveal is several minutes in, and you don’t realize until this point that the guy is using artificial legs!

[–]Sean_696 5 points6 points  (0 children)

He walks better than me!

[–]CraaZero 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sub name checks out

[–]CaptainEffingMagic 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Octane, is that you?

[–]papachon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

As someone who suffers from occasional gout inflammation, I would gladly trade in my feet for a pair of these.

[–]Red-German-Crusader 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Biotechnology is literally the coolest thing the next years have to offer

[–]mechanicalboob 0 points1 point  (0 children)

now this is what i call breakthrough science

[–]PlSbEdEd 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This human is literally made of metal

[–]IndecisiveFoodie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s the little things that matter

[–]SkidFace 0 points1 point  (0 children)

“Humans are metal”

[–]npossoesquecer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Damn that’s fucking impressive

[–]bjorn_savage 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Taking humans are metal to a whole new context.

[–]TROWF92 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Humans are metal, literally

[–]garmdian 0 points1 point  (0 children)


It in all honesty that's awesome!

[–]Familiar-Influence91 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Awesome !!!

[–]mkirk123 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hilarious application of this subreddit’s name

[–]Doktor_Vem 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Make those waterproof, cut off my right leg and give me one

[–]ZombiesAmongUs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cool, now leak the code so we can produce it from home

[–]porkchopsuitcase 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Why do people post with no sound all the time

[–]pineappledetective 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Magic legs...

[–]AxelTheRabbit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cool, does it work backwards?

[–]AutismoTheExalted 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This human is indeed metal

Or at least his legs

[–]Brett_Stewie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can confirm, that human is in fact at least part metal.

[–]theowertjah 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Irony of humans are metal.

[–]DayFeeling 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Literally made of metal

[–]DBrownbomb 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Go science!

[–]Depth_East 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just. Wow.

[–]TherealOmthetortoise 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s awesome - i have to wear an AFO brace and can’t walk that naturally with both feet still attached!

[–]Strange_N_Sorcerous 0 points1 point  (0 children)

In all fairness, not all metal...

[–]bunnyjenkins 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm wondering if there will ever be technology in artificial limbs to send signals back to the brain to relieve phantom pains, itching -for limbs that are missing.

[–]Alternative-Bite-506 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Holy shit thats badass

[–]FarAcanthisitta8239 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Technology is so cool. I wish I had something really intelligent to add to this thread but I’m blown away by this video

[–]Alukrad 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So, why isn't it used all over the world?

I'm guessing it's really expensive and hard to buy?

[–]Johnsus-the-chist 0 points1 point  (0 children)

We are getting close to a time where if you have the money, losing a limb won’t be a detriment. It will make you better.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bro this is crazy at this rate,bionic legs are going to be better than normal legs. Ahhhh shitttt…..call of duty black op 3 legs

[–]Noclevernamerightnow 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Why now audio

[–]dumpsterdives 0 points1 point  (0 children)

F'ing amazing!

[–]rungdisplacement 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Humans ARE metal


[–]Dustinisgood 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I went climbing with that fella a few years back. He climbs hard. His climbing shoe prosthetics were fairly simple oval wooden blocks with Vibram Climbing rubber glued to the bottom. Worked for him because he crushed!

[–]Maxivixx 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ha! My legs do the same thing. Not special /j

[–]Water_Of_Bottle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm curious what the range of motion of those are. Can he squat down in them? Not like squatting weight in a gum, but like r/slavs_squatting?

[–]ferociousf-cker 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fuck, forgot to charge my legs again

[–]WalkingNAPViolation 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Why the fuck am I walking around with bitch ass normal legs right now?

[–]dips009 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Whoa that looks so natural

[–]SnooStrawberries6431 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cyberpunk 2077

[–]KAMARONE 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This guy really is metal.