Handy phone 'first' will help Trevor stay connected
PUBLISHED: 09:55 30 October 2011
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A WEDMORE dad has bagged a unique world first, by having an innovative smart phone docking system built into his prosthetic arm.
Long-suffering Trevor Prideaux - who was born without a left arm - used to have to balance his phone on his fake arm or put it on a flat surface to use it.
But the resourceful 50-year-old can now call and text his loved ones without moving the sleek mobile after it was embedded in his fibre glass and laminate limb.
Trevor, catering manager at the New Inn, sought help from medical experts and communications chiefs at Nokia to build the special prosthetic.
They carefully carved a phone shaped fibre cast cradle into the skin-coloured prototype - allowing his Nokia C7 to sit inside it.
Trevor said: “I think this is the first time this has ever been done in the world - and it is brilliant.
“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.”
Trevor has worn a fake arm since he was three years old after being born without a left forearm.
The father-of-one, who lives with partner Amanda, has always had his limbs specially made at The Exeter Mobility Centre (EMC) in Devon – and experts there created his prototype in just five weeks.
He said: ‘’From owning a mobile phone and with the invention of the iPhone, it became clear that these pieces of technology were not ideally suited to be used with only one hand.
“I wondered whether it was possible to have a mobile phone built into my limb, to aid usage.
“Now when I get call I can either hold my arm up to my ear or put it on speaker-phone. I can also take it out if I need to.
“I am hugely grateful to the people at EMC. This is a leap forward which has helped me out a lot and can also aid others.”