Playing an instrument, picking something up, holding your oversized phone in one hand. These are all things you might be better at if you’d have an extra thumb. By designing and creating The Third Thumb Project, Royal College of Art graduate Danielle Clode reframed prosthetics as extensions of the body, rather than replacements for missing parts.
A 3D printer, pressure sensors, a Bluetooth connection and some servos. That’s all you need to get an additional finger and become a bionic human.
Although having an extra thumb might not make us superhumans yet, The Third Thumb Project lets us reconsider the current use of prosthetics and our natural abilities. Instead of fixing disabilities, artificial body parts could enhance our skills.
Prosthetics could be a useful accessory, a tool for self expression. Will we give a high six soon?