It was never easy for Trevor Prideaux to use his smartphone with a prosthetic arm. Having been born without a forearm, he had to either balance his smartphone on his prosthetic arm or find a flat surface every time he wanted to make a call or send a message.
Then he had an idea to somehow embed it. He took his suggestion to Nokia, who, with help from medical experts, came up with a prosthetic into which Trevor’s smartphone, a Nokia C7, can be slotted.
The 50-year-old from the south-west of England is understandably delighted with his new phone-holding feature.
“I think this is the first time this has ever been done in the world, and it is brilliant,” Prideaux told the Telegraph. “I can now take calls and make texts just by using my one hand, while the phone sits inside my arm.”
He said the creation could help others with prosthetic arms, such as those involved in accidents or soldiers who’ve lost limbs. Prideaux spoke of when he first tried using a smartphone. “When testing an iPhone, with the thoughts of purchase, I had to balance it on my prosthetic limb to text,” he explained.
Prideaux decided to approach Apple with his idea of creating a prosthetic arm into which a smartphone could be slotted, but he made no progress with the Cupertino-based company. After that, he forgot about the idea for a while.
Then, on a recent trip to his local phone shop to upgrade his Nokia device, the idea came back to him. Nokia liked the sound of Prideaux’s proposition and helped him put together a team that included experts from a mobility center near his home and several technicians. Together they created a laminated fibre cast of Prideaux’s smartphone and built it into his prosthetic arm. The project took only five weeks to complete.
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