It’s only a matter of time before we fully embrace the idea of augmenting our bodies with machines. Dani Clode, a graduate student at the Royal College of Art in London, shows us that these changes could be something as simple as adding a third thumb. It seems completely unnecessary, but think about what you could do with an extra thumb. I mean, furious typing on a keyboard for one thing—but that’s only the tip of the iceberg:
The Third Thumb Project is a 3D printed prototype prosthetic that’s controlled by the feet:
Granted, this isn’t the most natural way to control a prosthetic thumb, but the goal of the project is really about changing our mindset about what a prosthetic can be. That is to say, something that adds capabilities instead of replacing those that are lost.