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Mobile phones news - Shock-proof mobile phones could be fitted to prosthetics

A 50-year-old British man from Somerset has had a smart-phone dock built into the prosthetic left arm he wears after having been born without a limb.

The man, who has opted to have a Nokia C7-shaped dock included in the fibreglass and laminate prosthesis, is the world's first person to have the ability to clip a mobile phone into his replacement limb.

If he had been a sports-person he could very well have chosen a shock-proof mobile phone instead to prevent it from becoming damaged. Potentially there will be a wider range of individuals, including sports-people, who might decide to have a mobile phone dock installed into a prosthetic in the future.

The 50-year-old states, "I can now take calls and make texts just by using my one hand, while the phone sits inside my arm.

"The phone slots smoothly and securely within my limb and is easily removable, when required.

"I think this would help a lot of people with prosthetic arms – especially those who were not born with the disability.

"People who have had motorbike crashes and soldiers who have lost limbs – they could all benefit from this."

If this becomes a commonplace decision amongst people who wear prosthetic limbs, tougher handsets, such as waterproof mobile phones might be chosen by many amputees and those born without limbs.

By using a waterproof and shock-proof mobile phone, users would not have to worry about their phone's exposure to the rain, accidental knocks or falls, and potentially could even go swimming with the phone still fixed into their prosthetic.