October 23rd, 2010
12:45 PM ET

Man with bionic arm dies in car wreck

An Austrian man who was Europe's first to use a mind-controlled artificial arm has died after an auto accident, European news agencies report.

Christian Kandlbauer, 23, died Thursday after his Subaru crashed into a tree and burst into flames near the Austrian resort town of Bad Waltersdorf on Tuesday, the Austrian Independent reported.

Kandlbauer had lost both arms at age 17 when he suffered a 20,000-volt shock, BBC reported.

Kandlbauer’s right arm was a conventional mechanical prosthesis, but the left arm was connected to nerves implanted in his chest that allowed the device to respond to his  thoughts, Austria's English-language Herald Sun reported, citing the Kleine Zeitung newspaper.

It had not been determined whether the bionic arm was a factor in the crash, the Herald Sun reported.

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  1. Kathy

    People keep getting sent back to prison for breaking the law because they get free food, medical service, and education while the honest hardworking people who pay those taxes for the criminals have a hard time trying to support their families and getting ahead. Where's the logic in that? Criminals need to pay their own food and stay at the prisons. Maybe they won't be so quick to break the law next time.

    October 24, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rocketship

    Its safe to say if people got free food, medical care and education, prison would never enter the conversation.
    What you don't understand is that it feels like you cannot get ahead by design.
    You are a slave to some wall street algorithm that skims money with no productivity.
    All so the mega-rich can have the life they do.
    The beauty of this system is that all the power and control are stripped from your life while you are left with the panacea of legal or illegal drugs. And these drugs do abet the corrupt system further.

    October 24, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mikefrombend

    Sometimes it makes sense to re-read or direct your comments to yourself and wonder, How will this be interpreted? Such bitterness about the death of a young man in Austria, who had a Bionic Arm. My condolences to his family and friends.

    October 25, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
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    http://h2htsc.blogspot.com/ and http://shyank2.sulekha.com/blog/post/2011/02/help-to-humanity.htm kindly check these two blogs and post me some info and links ..................well i m from india a fianl year engg student who wants to work on this and come with some good output

    February 6, 2011 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
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