Sadness: First Man To Drive With Mind Controlled Bionic Arm Dies After Crash

October 22, 2010


Christian Kandlbauer, seen here, lost both arms after a jolt of 20,000 volts required both be amputated. Then, in 2006, he was fitted with a mind-controlled bionic arm (left, and regular prosthetic, right) and was able to pass his driving test with a specially modified vehicle (on the first try, unlike this woman). Sadly, he died today from injuries sustained during a crash earlier this week.

police in Bad Waltersdorf, a town near the crash site, said Friday it was impossible to say whether the accident was caused by problems with Kandlbauer's artificial arms.

Whether that robotic arm had it in for him or not, it's always makes me sad as hell to hear about auto-related deaths. Rest in peace, Christian, hope you're enjoying your new wings.

Man with first mind-controlled bionic arm dies after car crash [msnbc]
Man with bionic arm dies after Austria car crash [bbc]

Thanks to Greg, steven, Jillian, Revan and Keith T, who have all tried driving cars with just their minds with limited success (most never made it out of the garage, Keith managed to back all the way down the driveway before running over a neighbor's cat and crashing into his own mailbox).

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