You and your smartphone a match made in heaven…You never go anywhere with out it right? Now try to picture using that smartphone with only one arm…not that easy of task, right? Solution? Build a “dock” for your smartphone in your prosthetic arm.
That’s exactly what Trevor Prideaux did. Born without his left forearm wanted to be able to use his smartphone comfortably without having to balance it on his prosthetic limb to text. 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.
When he was going to the store to upgrade his Nokia phone he thought he would try his idea again. The catering manager sought help from medical experts and communications chiefs at Nokia to build the special prosthetic.
They painstakingly carved the C7 shaped cradle into the skin-coloured prototype, allowing his Nokia C7 to sit inside it.
Prosthethist Steve Gallichan, technician Les Street and Sarah Bennett then produced a prototype in a lighting fast five weeks. They made a laminated fibre cast of the phone and built it into the limb, so the C7 could dock snugly in his arm.
He is thrilled with the result…
“I think this is the first time this has ever been done in the world – and it is brilliant…The phone slots smoothly and securely within my limb and is easily removable, when required. I think this would help a lot of people with prosthethic arms – especially those who were not born with the disability….Now when I get call I can either hold my arm up to my ear or put it on speaker phone. I can also take it out if I need to. Texting is also much easier and a lot safer. I am hugely grateful to the people EMC. This is a leap forward which has helped me out a lot and can also aid others.”
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