Lifelike bionic hand for jet skier

The £47,000 ($71,000) Michelangelo hand is controlled by muscle signals from Christopher Taylor's brain, with the four fingers and thumb able to move independently of each other.

Using the device, Mr Taylor, a married father-of-three, is able to grip items – vital for his job as a self-employed lifting equipment engineer.

The 58-year-old, who returned to work a fortnight after losing his hand in August 2009, has been testing the Michelangelo since December and had his final fitting this week.

He said the hand, paid for by an insurance claim, is a vast improvement on