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March 18, 2009

Meet Jerry Jalava and his USB Finger — World's first 'Terminal Man'

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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.

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The BBC did a story on him as well; it follows.

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Finn creates USB 'finger drive'

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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.

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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.

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"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.

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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.

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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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