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Artificial human augmentation has to start somewhere, so the thumb must be as good a place as any. The Third Thumb comes from the mind of Dani Clode, who designed it to be one of the first prosthesics for non-amputees. Kind of how tons of video games feature ways to change or strengthen your body, regardless of how many of your original limbs you still have. The Third Thumb is meant to remind people of the original meaning of prothesis, which was something that extended or built upon, rather than replaced. In that, the Thumb succeeds, because it’s something that you strap onto the other side of your hand to give one of your hands two thumbs. So don’t let the fact that the Thumb doesn’t actually add a whole lot to hand functionality stop you. It’s not supposed to. It’s just supposed to reframe how we think about artificial body parts and remind us that human augmentation isn’t something relegated to gaming.

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AirPods, Apple’s popular wireless headphones, get a fresh look thanks to BlackPods, a company that paints real Apple AirPods using a proprietary painting and finishing process. Available in matte black, space gray or high-gloss black finish, each pair is hand-finished and tested. Whether you’re sending in yours or ordering new, combining the flexibility of wireless headphones with the sleek and luxurious BlackPods look will make plain old white AirPods seem boring by comparison. Better yet, BlackPods gives you $30 off your order by joining their e-mail list. It’s time to upgrade.