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Why try so hard to make a realistic prosthetic limbs?
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It takes a lot of effort to make something look real, so why not just go with a hook, or claw for an arm?
or replace legs with wheels or treads.
Why stop there?
you could have a hand cannon and eight legs and surpass your human origins!

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Realistically most prosthetics ARE just a hook or claw for a lost hand/arm, but even then we are progressing so they are getting better.

Whether we talk about the future of prosthetics or anime prosthetics its probably because the closer it is to looking like what it was, the easier it would be to adapt to the fact that part of your body is now gone and always will be. As well as the closer to it being realistic is less adaptation to something that is different. Imagine one of your feet and only one was wearing say rollerblades, it'd be awkward and definitely unbalanced which throws your entire body off.
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I want to have a pair of augmented legs that can launch me hundreds of meters into the air and cushion the impact of my landing. I also would like it if they could make me sprint 80 miles per hour without getting tired.
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Artificial limbs and prosthetic parts aren't a walk in the park. The people whom have them don't have them to be cool or have in any way 'asked for it'. So the last thing on anyone's cognitive mind isn't "what would be awesome?", it's simply to replace what's been lost, or is needed.

For a prime example, ask anyone currently wheelchair bound, just how much of the world around the is 'built' or 'equipped' from some one whom isn't bipedal.
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honestly it comes down to money my leg cost over 100k and I had to pay most of that myself but it was worth it I can jog and walk pretty normaly though it does look like I have a bad limp
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Have you ever tried to fap with a hook? Yea...not fun. That is why they try to make them life like.
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salinas0731 wrote:

Have you ever tried to fap with a hook? Yea...not fun. That is why they try to make them life like.



ooooo that does sound painful

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Think about it. Would you rather have a hook after having a hand all your life, or something more lifelike? Not only that but I don't think the world was made with 8 legged people in mind, and as for the hand cannon that would clearly run into legal issues.
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So it's less dehumanizing. You already get weird looks for missing a limb.

I don't see limp replacement technology being too big in a century or so. They'll probably have advanced regenerative medicine and nerve reattachment surgery by then and machines to augment abilities will be used for soldiers.
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How the hell would I play my 3DS with a hook hand?
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Well, besides what everyone else has said, people would probably feel alienated if they had something less lifelike.
For example, what if there were some (*cough* stupid *cough*) bullies that made fun of someone for having a hook for a hand? Or what if someone isn't given a chance at a relationship cause of that? Heck, some people'd stare, or a kid might ask their mom why they don't have a normal hand.
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uncletim wrote:


salinas0731 wrote:

Have you ever tried to fap with a hook? Yea...not fun. That is why they try to make them life like.



ooooo that does sound painful



But the down side of robot arms is if they malfunction then it tears your junk off...massage palor it is!
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salinas0731 wrote:


uncletim wrote:


salinas0731 wrote:

Have you ever tried to fap with a hook? Yea...not fun. That is why they try to make them life like.



ooooo that does sound painful



But the down side of robot arms is if they malfunction then it tears your junk off...massage palor it is!


Happy endings for every one

hehehe first thing I checked when my leg got blowen off was my junk not a scrach on it

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uncletim wrote:

Happy endings for every one

hehehe first thing I checked when my leg got blowen off was my junk not a scrach on it



thank god it wasn't!

I know I'm making light of the subject but in honesty prosthetics give the user a sense of normalcy without having to depend on others. I know there has been plenty of research into robotics for prosthetics and linking it with the human mind. I hope we get to a point where the technology is feasible for everyone.

uncletim I infer from your post that you served, all weren't as lucky as I was to get out of a deployment in once piece or make it home at all. If that was your case then from one vet to another, thanks for all you've done.
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