Friday, 17 Aug, 2012 Technology

Armless Man Builds DIY Bionic Arms for Himself


After a homemade bomb exploded eight years ago, leaving Sun Jifa armless, the man decided to create a set of steel arms by himself from scrap and start a new life.

The bomb was made to blast fish out of the water, but it exploded prematurely when the man lived in Guanmashan, China. Due to the fact that Jifa simply couldn't afford any prosthetics, he came up with the idea to design his own.

His invention now allows the man to work on his family farm. Jifa says that he is able to control the prosthetics with movements from his elbows. But there's one drawback - the artificial hands are made of steel which is quite heavy and can get hot or cold, depending on the weather.

"I made this from scrap metal for virtually nothing. There is no need to pay hospitals a fortune," says the inventor.

The next step for the 51-year-old Jifa is to create bionic arms for others.

[via Daily Mail]

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