Matthew James, a 14-year-old boy in the UK, was born with a rare condition – his left arm stops at the wrist and he has no left hand. He had been fitted with a simple electric clamp of sorts that allowed him the freedom to pick up small objects but little else.

Young Matthew is also a big fan of motorsports, and he went to the same school as Mercedes GP head Ross Brawn. That connection was enough to pique Brawn's interest when Matthew wrote the team a letter asking them to consider gifting him a new i-LIMB Pulse bionic hand from Touch Bionics.

Brawn took a personal interest in the young boy, and he contacted Touch Bionics to work out a deal. In exchange for access to technology services provided by Mercedes GP, Touch Bionics agreed to give Matthew the new hand he so desperately wanted.

Oh, and the F1 team also got to put its logo on Matthew's new bionic hand. Not bad for a £35,000 investment... Check out video of the i-LIMB hand in action after the break.



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      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome hand, great job! I wonder how the bionic hand feels?
      pwr2lbs
      • 3 Years Ago
      Two Thumbs Up, and a big high five!
      shellymbz2000
      • 3 Years Ago
      Your headline should be Mercedes. F1 Ecclestone had nothing to do with this. His 20 year old daughter is buying 80 million dollar houses in Beverly Hills instead.
      Ria
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bravo, Mercedes!
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 3 Years Ago
      Whats the IPO? I want to invest in this company. the technology is second to none. Well done.
        NY EVO X MR GUY
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY
        And it will help soldiers that were hurt in combat, as well as, people that were involved in major accidents.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      kevsflanagan
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is sooo damn kewl and awesome!
      MattGMD
      • 3 Years Ago
      He is indeed a clever young man. He wrote F1's Brawn asking F1 to put up the money for the bionic hand and in return he would let them display the Mercedes logo. This article has additional details and is worth a look: www.mailonsunday.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2025859/Mercedes-car-firm-grants-35k-bionic-hand-wish-Formula-One-fan-Matthew-James.html
      ACURA23CL
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seeing this type of technology makes me not only appreciate great tech for those in need of it, but it also makes me appreciate how great God is, and how he's given us, from birth, the complex human body, that allows us to do what these computers, motors, and programs have to been developed to do, with as much effort as an afterthought. I think it really puts into perspective just how advanced the human body is, how difficult is it to duplicate with man-made technology, and how much people take what they've been given for granted. To those who were born without certain limbs, don't worry you're still blessed and highly favored in other ways.
        AUTOLEGEND86
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ACURA23CL
        I choose to improve my life and the life of others without using a religion. It works just fine. I
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ACURA23CL
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          ACURA23CL
          • 3 Years Ago
          Yes...your case makes more sense. [sarcasm] The sad thing is any one person doesn't need to even be terribly religious/spiritual to know that God exists. Because I'm not. Just looks around you. Look at people and the human body. I think anyone would agree that they are smarter than some organism. That they have more brains/knowledge than a micro-organism. Yet, as smart as humans have become, we haven't been able to create any nearly precise, efficient, and complex as the human body at doing anything the human body can do, as well as it can do it. Yet most people believe that we evolved from an organism, a being, which again, most would be confident they are smarter than. So what does that suggest? We created ourselves?! Ook, so if we created ourselves, why can't we re-make ourselves in the form of limbs/what-not. Just like Jay-Z said on "Lost Ones"..."I heard muf**kas saying they made Hov. Made Hov? Say, ok so, make another Hov." So, belief in a high power is alot more believable than the other theories out there. SMH...Lost ones. :-/
        peter1dav
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ACURA23CL
        Thanks God there is a Mercedes-Benz!!!
      Compliance
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear Mercedes, Send me money too. Thank you and best regards, Compliance
      Swordman
      • 3 Years Ago
      That just goes to show how advanced the human hand is, maybe in the not too distant future, we'll approach it in terms of speed and control. Plus, I like how he did the whole Yoshimitsu thing at 1:50.
      skyhigh139
      • 3 Years Ago
      these guys steal taxpayer money, build racetracks, with your money, and then charge you to come see them race, all with your money, eccelstone just gifted his (paris wannabe) daughter 4 billion dollars, of whos money?, she quickly bought the spelling residence, and over the top residence in la somewhere in that commie wasteland, soon to be in the ocean, this is just a pr stunt to make you believe they are into you
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