This is “The Third Thumb”, a project by designer Dani Clode aim to demonstrate how human body responds to wearable prosthetic technology and it is kind of a revelation for mankind. Because, it suddenly strikes us that maybe, just maybe, we humans really should have an extra digit. I know, it may sounds like an insult to those who are missing them, but imagine what an extra appendage could do. Imagine! Here’s what the project is about straight from the horse’s mouth:
“The Third Thumb investigates the relationship between the body and prosthetic technology in new ways. It is part tool, part experience, and part self-expression; a model by which we better understand human response to artificial extensions. It instigates necessary conversation about the definition of ‘ability’. “
The Third Thumb is a 3D-printed flexible thumb controlled by your feet via a Bowden cable system, a couple of servos, Bluetooth technology and a battery pack to power it all. A bunch of people have tried and the reactions were, The Third Thumb could actually be helpful in life. You can witness these people experiences with The Third Thumb in the video embedded below. But what do I think? I think it could come in handy in life. But the thing is, I have already pictured it being wrapped in hyperrealistic, highly-flexible skin and that, very honestly speaking, is rather disturbing. No offense to people who are born with an extra appendage or two. Video after a few more images.
Images: Dani Clode.
Source and animated GIF: Laughing Squid.