On Cybernetics, Prosthetics and Implants!

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  1. lad

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    Low-grade cybernetics usually take the form of pipes and servos with clumsy metal claws, a step above peg legs and hook hands. Such prosthetics are rarely produced by licensed medical manufacturers, being a work often attributed to crafty individuals on poverty stricken hub worlds.

    Mid-grade cybernetics don’t offer much advantage over low-grade prosthetics besides comfort, preferable manipulation and less chance of limb rejection.

    Bionics are advanced, expensive implants meant to simulate body parts rather than simply replacing them. Limbs are provided full manipulation as well as a sense of touch (making them subject to pain as well). Bionics can provide replacements to sight and hearing, though the procedure isn’t without risk, nor is it cheap. Quite exotic, it’s a common belief that bionics are capable of super-strength and x-ray vision. While some models are indeed capable of providing enhanced strength and heightened senses, the extent doesn’t go far beyond Human capacity. Most models are simply made to simulate standard limbs, though.

    Adjusting to a new limb can be difficult, and some people never adjust at all - seeing it as an obtrusion rather than an extension of themself. It takes time to learn how to manipulate a new limb with any degree of finesse, especially limbs that behave in foreign ways such as a metal claw. All prosthetics have a chance of limb rejection, but more comfortable and more advanced cybernetics are far less likely to face this problem.

    Special consideration is required for Florans and Novakids during the construction of prosthetics and cybernetics, due to their unique physiologies. Few manufacturers are known to produce prosthetics made for either race, least of all the elusive Novakids. Luckily, Novakids are capable of using most cybernetics due to the way their unique bodies interface with them - though being very lightweight means that new limbs need to be made of lightweight materials as well. Florans on the other hand are given few options as far as replacement limbs go, usually forced to either stump it or settle for low-grade prosthetics.
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