College Student Invents, 'The Third Thumb', And I Don't Care What It Costs, I Want One

Image Via Dani Clode

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I'm really not a tech-y, gadget-y kind of gal by any means, but this is going on my Christmas list next year —permitting it's available for purchase AND my parents are still willing to buy me presents at the age of 26.

The inventor of this kickass thang, Dani Clode, is a graduate student at the Royal College of Art in London—"The origin of the word 'prosthesis' meant 'to add, put onto', so not to fix or replace, but to extend," said Clode. "The Third Thumb is inspired by this word origin, exploring human augmentation and aiming to reframe prosthetics as extensions of the body."

The video below gives a more in-depth look at what The Third Thumb is capable of. And, as you might guess, it's so cool.

If that was any kind of confusing to you, no worries, we always follow up with a written explanation. I don't care if it's 2017, paper trails are necessary sometimes—"The Third Thumb is controlled by the movement of the wearer's feet, via pressure sensors embedded in their shoes. Clode chose this method of control to exploit existing connections between our hands and feet, which we regularly employ together when driving a car, operating a sewing machine or playing a piano." I'm inept at ALL of those things so this is really a crucial purchase for me, people.

I do realize the possibility of this gadget being misconstrued as insensitive to those with actual disabilities in need of prosthetics, but I feel Clode made her reasoning very clear and justified. It's about exploration, NOT about fixing and frankly, I think that's perfectly acceptable. Additionally, I'm sure it could very-well assist someone with a missing finger. No?

To read the full article, head HERE

The Verge

Lead image via Dani Clode.

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