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Burglar takes iPod Touch that controls triple amputee's movement

Thieves greatly interrupted the life of a wounded veteran, stealing an iPod Touch used to better control his movement
By: Michael Hatamoto | Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: Aug 27, 2014 6:32 pm

The person responsible for breaking into Ben Eberle's vehicle to steal an Apple iPod Touch could face felony charges, as the custom device has been programmed to help a wounded U.S. Army veteran and triple amputee move. The MP3 player used i-limb, a custom application programmed for use by his prosthetic right hand - a newer technology that would have been virtually impossible just a few years ago.




Eberle was serving in Afghanistan when he was wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) that claimed his right hand and both of his legs. The i-limb app was created by Touch Bionics, whose logo is displayed on the back of the stolen iPod.


A new prosthetic hand costs around $75,000, which will be required if the iPod Touch isn't turned over to the San Antonio Police Department.


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