Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Need a Prosthetic Hand? Got $10? DIY!

From the Hit and Run blog at Reason.com:

Shirking $30,000 in medical fees for a traditional prosthetic hand, videographer Paul McCarthy built a multi-colored “Robohand” for his son using a friend’s 3-D printer. McCarthy says he spent, “Five, maybe, ten bucks.”

The boy, 12-year-old Leon McCarthy, was born without fingers on his left hand. Once he turned ten, Paul started searching for an inexpensive and functional prosthetic alternative.

What he found changed his son’s life. A YouTube video by Washington-based special effects artist and puppeteer, Ivan Owen, shows the results of the artist's collaborative effort to build a Robohand for a disabled boy in South Africa.


DIY hand. Photo from http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:92937
 More homemade prosthetics are here.

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