3D printed hands turn kids into superheroes


Prosthetic Wolverine claws

Prosthetic hands are great. But when you’re designing and building them for children, as Arron Brown does, prosthetic Wolverine claws are even better. Brown, a 3D printing enthusiast in Grand Rapids, Michigan, volunteers for a global organization called Enabling the Future, which designs and prints prosthetic fingers and hands for people in need. (Video)



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Welcome to South Korea’s Artificial Limb District


Limbs, limbs, everywhere!

Unlike the red-light district in Amsterdam, which caters to men and women in search of sex, the Artificial Limb District of South Korea caters to men, women, and children in need of arms, legs, feet, toes, fingers, eyes, breasts, and more.

Reporter Harmon Leon from the Smoking Jacket recently stumbled upon an entire section of Seoul dedicated to the sale of handcrafted artificial limbs. Dubbed the Artificial Limb District, this unusual neighborhood hosts nine such shops, each stocked with piles and piles of limbs.

What makes this so fascinating is that, for one, these limbs have been handcrafted…

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ProDigits – Individual Prosthetic Fingers Can Replace Any or All Fingers on a Hand


Eric P. Jones demonstrating his new prosthetic fingers.

Eric Jones sat in a middle seat on a recent flight from the New York area to Florida, but he wasn’t complaining. Instead, he was quietly enjoying actions that many other people might take for granted, like taking a cup of coffee from the flight attendant or changing the channel on his video monitor.


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Update: Chinese Doctors Remove Boy’s Extra Fingers and Toes

Li Jinpeng

Liu Lichun cares for her son, Li Jinpeng, after a successful
operation to remove his extra fingers and toes

Six-year-old boy told he will be able to hold chopsticks in a few months  Shenyang, Liaoning – Li Jinpeng, a 6-year-old boy born with 15 fingers and 16 toes, is happy he will soon be able to wear a normal pair of shoes.

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31 Fingers and Toes


Shoes would be a difficult situation

An unidentified 6-year-old boy in Shenyang, China has a world record 31 digits: 15 fingers and 16 toes! He isn’t able to use all the fingers, as three are fused together in the middle of each hand. He will soon undergo surgery to reduce the number of extra digits to a more reasonable, functional amount…

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Scientists Unveil World’s First Bionic Fingers


Phil Newman, marketing director of Touch Bionics, demonstrates the world’s first bionic fingers

The world’s first bionic fingers have been unveiled by scientists.  Made of tough, lightweight plastic and loaded with tiny motors, they can bend, grip, point and pick up items. (Video)


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A New Artificial Hand With A Delicate Robotic Grip


This four-fingered robotic hand contains sensors that help it pick up a variety of objects

Industrial robots have been helping in the factories for a while, but most robots need a complex hand and powerful software to grasp ordinary objects without damaging them.  Researchers from Harvard and Yale Universities have developed a simple, soft robotic hand that can grab a range of objects delicately, and which automatically adjusts its fingers to get a good grip. The new hand could also potentially be useful as a prosthetic arm.


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RAPHaEL: Robotic Hand With A Delicate Touch

RAPHaEL: Robotic Hand With A Delicate Touch

RAPHaEL robotic hand

The Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory (AKA the RoMeLa Project) at the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech has designed and built a prototype robotic hand that is controlled and operated by compressed air. Called RAPHaEL (Robotic Air Powered Hand with Elastic Ligaments), the robot can hold heavier, solid objects, as well as light or delicate ones such as a light bulb or an egg.  (Video after the break)

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OBAMAMANIA Produces “Obama-Fingers” From German Company


Finger Lickin’ Good?

Obamamania is a boon for businesses trying to cash in on the new President’s popularity and there are many unique avenues for this to occur. This one is simply too fascinatingly irresistible to post: A German frozen food company is marketing fried chicken tenders (with a tasty curry sauce) called “Obama Fingers.”

Not wanting to miss the boat, a German food company has now gotten into the act. Sprehe, a company that has all manner of frozen delicacies on offer, has come up with a new product it calls “Obama Fingers.” Far from being real digits, though, the “fingers” in question are “tender, juicy pieces of chicken breast, coated and fried,” as the product packaging claims.

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Alphabetical Keyboard For QWERTY-Phobes



Almost 140 years after Christopher Sholes solved the typebar jamming problem in alphabetically organized typewriters by creating the QWERTY alignment comes the Fast Finger Keyboard, which will prove maddeningly unusable to all but Luddite grannies and time-traveling Gutenburgians. Continue reading… “Alphabetical Keyboard For QWERTY-Phobes”


Microtool Inspired By Human Hand

Microtool Inspired By Human Hand 

 The gripper closed around tissue.

Using the human hand as a model, scientists at Johns Hopkins University and its medical school have developed a microscopic tool that might one day be used inside the body. The tool, a clawlike gripper less than a millimeter in diameter, could grab cells from tissue for a biopsy, for example.

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