Amazing Innovations: Chinese Man Builds Bionic Hands With Scrap Metal!

By Jacob Kleinman August 20, 2012 6:50 PM EDT
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Sun Jifa can finally play the harmonica again. (Photo: via

Eight years ago Sun Jifa, a Chinese farmer, lost both of his hands while trying to build a homemade bomb (the bomb was intended for blast fishing). The 51-year old Sun was rendered unable to work his family's farm and couldn't afford professional prosthetics, so he set out to design and build the new hands himself.

"I survived but I had no hands and I couldn't afford to buy the false hands the hospital wanted me to have - so I decided to make my own," he told the Daily Mail.

For eight long years, Sun developed his own set of bionic hands, using scrap metal, hose, tape and perseverance. The finished prosthetics allow him to control the metal hands by moving his elbows: when Sun moves his elbow forward the hand opens its palm. The device also includes removable hooks with are used to control and move his heavy farming equipment. Each prosthetic weighs about one kilogram.

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"I can work, love normally and feed myself just like anyone else," he said.

The bionic hands have just a few drawbacks.

'The only drawback is that steel is quite heavy so they're tiring to wear and get hot or cold in the extremes of summer and winter,' added Sun.

Thanks to his bionic limbs, Sun is back to work on his farm. He can also finally feed himself, brush his teeth, use the phone, play his harmonica and ride his motorcycle. Now, he's taking his creation on the road, hoping to show other disable people that they can afford their own working prosthetics.

"I made this from scrap metal for virtually nothing. There is no need to pay hospitals a fortune."

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