Bionic limbs: a touch futuristic but no longer science fiction

Remember the Six Million Dollar Man? Well, he’s now a reality, writes Heather Wiseman.

A quiet determination sets across Raj Singh’s face. Still coming to terms with having lost his right arm above the elbow just four months ago, the young cricket enthusiast has pushed his stump snug into a tailor-made socket of soft moulded plastic.

He’s getting ready to concentrate, hard.

The socket is studded with 17 electrodes, each with a dangling coloured wire. The wires are plugged into a small black box that