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Prideaux and his prosthetic arm

Prideaux's prosthetic

Prosthetic smartphone dock

Prosthetic with phone next to it

Prosthetic arm and Nokia phone

Trevor Prideaux, born without his left forearm, used to use his smartphone by balancing it on his prosthetic arm or putting it on a flat surface. "It became clear that this piece of technology was not ideally suited to be used with only one hand," he told The Telegraph of smartphones.

So the catering manager and father of one from Somerset, England, came up with a better idea--integrating a smartphone dock right into his prosthetic device. Since he started wearing his custom-made prosthetic, calling and texting from his Nokia C7 has gotten a lot easier and more convenient.

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Determined to realize his groundbreaking vision, Prideaux visited an O2 phone store and shared his idea. He eventually made contact with Nokia and the Exeter Mobility Centre, a provider of disability services in his area that provided his past limbs.
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Creators of the prosthetic smartphone dock, including Steve Gallichan, Les Street, and Sarah Bennett, worked on the fiberglass prototype for five weeks. "My Nokia C7 sits within my forearm, between my stump socket and the single knob rotary that holds my limb attachments in place," 50-year-old Prideaux explained.
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When Prideaux gets a call, he can either hold his arm up to his ear or put the phone on speaker. He can also remove his Nokia device if he needs to.
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The custom-made fiberglass and laminate limb is believed to be the first with a mobile phone dock built in. "It is brilliant," Prideaux told The Telegraph, adding that he believes others who are missing a limb could benefit from the innovation.
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