Scifi-SciFact #6: Deathrace 2000 (1975): How about that robotic hand?1 min read

How many times have you been driving and you see someone on the side of the road, or a bicyclist getting in the way and yell “20 Points”?  Deathrace 2000 is a fun cult classic that that brought together America’s passion for cars and auto racing with that unusual violent sadistic twist.  The film’s hero, Frankenstein (David Carradine), is considered a medical miracle as he lost an arm, a leg, half his face, and half his chest.  His detachable hand hosts a surprise for his opponent Joe Viterbo (Sylvester Stallone) in the final leg of their competition.


If a soldier lost his hand in battle, he was typically fitted with a hook prosthesis.  In the 1960’ the first mechanical hand was developed, but was impractical because it was heavy and cumbersome.  By the late 1960’s the first electrical hands were produced reducing the weight to a mere 24 pounds.  The 70’s brought new innovation with an electric prosthesis that was a three pronged hook.  One could only dream about having a prosthetic hand (with or without the built in grenade).

Today, a prosthetic hand can be manufactured on a 3D printer.  A five year old boy from South Africa was born without fingers on one hand.  This cost effective robotic hand changed the child’s life who for the first time can throw a basketball, push a shopping cart, and have the dexterity to pick up a coin off the floor.

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Sebastien Clarke
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