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Sun Jifa is a badass. The 51-year-old Chinese man lost both his hands in an accident but didn’t have a lot of cash for medical prosthetics. He could have despaired or gone off hunting cash, or half a dozen other roads that may or may not have gotten him new hands. What he did do is go all Tony Stark and build himself some hands out of a box of scrap.

Yep, Sun Jifa took a pile of steel and built full prosthetic versions of working hands that can grip and do his work. They look a bit rough, they’re fairly heavy, and they took eight years to craft — but the prostheses allows him to live a more normal life. He states that the hands work on a series of wires and pulleys inside the sleeves that are controlled by movements in his elbows.

We know he did it out of necessity, but the sheer force of will it had to take is amazing. We doubt most people could have done the same.

Man builds himself bionic hands [Yahoo News]


4 Responses to It’s Just Cool: DIY Hands

  1. davis says:

    This man is a a hero for all diy types all over the world. True meaning of the phrase “CAN DO”

  2. browndog77 says:

    In the photo it appears he is working on yet another hand. (possibly a variation for use w/ different tools?) I am impressed, to say the least.

  3. Joe Helms says:

    This is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. Or close to it.

    I wonder if he posted it on Instructables…

  4. Biz MacThud says:

    He has the technology, and he can rebuild himself…

    This is so cool and impressive. I used to manage and autoparts store and had a mechanic come in regularly that had metal pincers instead of hands (yes, instead of BOTH hands). I still can’t imagine how he did his work, but he always needed parts, so he must have been doing it well.

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