Tech News(3D Printing) Today and Tomorrow
Take a hard look at the hand you used an instant ago to click on this website. Now consider trying to work through the last 15 minutes of your life without that hand. No really… take a moment!
I just got up, made my bed, made coffee, brushed my teeth, changed my clothes, and sat down to write this article before the kids got up. In a few minutes I’ll need to zoom around getting breakfast for everyone, watering some fragile garden plants on my deck, fold one load of laundry, and sort through months of bills to find two pieces of mail so my daughter can go get her driver’s license renewed today.
Nothing I just mentioned could be done easily or quickly if I were missing a hand.
It could be argued that after the part of our brain that allows us to think critically, our hands are our highest evolutionary advantage. The world is our oyster as long as we have hands to shape our future.
And even if I could afford to get an advanced prosthesis of some sort, I would have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars which is way outside the reach of most.
Not any more.
The Open Hand Project plans to revolutionize this industry by creating prosthetic limbs using a 3D PRINTER. At 23 years old, robotics expert Joel Gibbard, came up with a genius alternative which would cost around $1000.
The first-class engineering graduate has created The Dextrus hand, a fully-working prototype built using a 3D printer. Dextrus works like a human hand, using electric motors instead of muscles and steel cables instead of tendons. The 3D printed plastic parts work like bones, and a rubber coating acts as skin. It takes around eight hours to print one off and it looks genius!