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"I've got this beautiful panoramic three-dimensional painting of Mars based on Martian photos. It's 30 feet wide. You can pick out every pebble on the Martian landscape. And who'd have dreamed you could do that?"
- Arthur C. Clarke

Bionic Arm  
  An artificial arm that responds in a manner similar to the 'original equipment' item.  

This book was, of course, the inspiration behind the popular television show The Six Million Dollar Man, which ran from 1974-1978 and starred Lee Majors.

The unique feature of bionic limbs was that they were not just dead prostheses attached to the body; they could be commanded by the mind using what remained of the nervous system.

"When you think to pick up an object, what happened before with your original arm is repeated. The electrical impulses generated by your brain command everything... The artificial muscles.. which in this case are silastic and vitallium pulleys, then contract, twist, and tighten. You can even sense with your fingertips...

Your arm should have on the order of ten times the gripping and handling strength you once had. The same applies, of course, to your fingers. Objects you could never dent with your natural fingers before, well, now you should be able to crush them like an eggshell.

From Cyborg, by Martin Caidin.
Published by Random House in 1972
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