March 18, 2009
Meet Jerry Jalava and his USB Finger — World's first 'Terminal Man'
Just in from Jackson Nash over at Super Forest, news of a Finnish software developer named Jerry Jalava, "... who following amputation of his finger [lost in a motorcycle accident] had his doctor make him a USB drive replacement."
See Jalava's full flickr set, whence come the photos above and below.
The BBC did a story on him as well; it follows.
Finn creates USB 'finger drive'
A Finnish computer programmer who lost one of his fingers in a motorcycle accident has made himself a prosthetic replacement with a USB drive attached.
Jerry Jalava uses the 2GB memory stick, accessed by peeling back the "nail", to store photos, movies and programmes.
The finger is not permanently attached to his hand, so it can be easily left plugged into a computer when in use.
Mr Jalava says he is already thinking about upgrading the finger to include more storage and wireless technology.
"I'm planning to use another prosthetic as a shell for the next version, which will have removable fingertip and RFID tag," he wrote on his blog, ProtoBlogr.net.
Half of Mr Jalava's left ring finger had to be amputated last summer after he crashed into a deer while riding his motorbike near Helsinki.
He says he was inspired to create the unique storage device when doctors treating him joked that he should have a USB "finger drive" after finding out that he was a software developer.
March 18, 2009 at 10:01 AM | Permalink
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