Amputee builds himself a functional prosthetic arm

 Angel Sanguino prosthetic arm

Remember Christina Stephens, a lower limb amputee who build herself a prosthetic leg out of Lego bricks? We’ll now to impress our wits, a 33-year-old Venezuelan Angel Sanguino, who lost his left arm (from the shoulder down) in an accident last year, has built himself a robotic arm which allows him to carry out many useful tasks. A talented electronics technician, Angel lost his job after his disability, but that didn’t work as a deterrent for him, and in under a year, he is back repairing electronic components just like before without anybody else’s assistance – thanks to his homemade prosthetic arm created precisely to help him work again.

With help from his uncle Rodriguez – an orthopedist who provided Angle with necessary parts from other prosthesis, Angel has made a resourceful robotic arm, which is fitted with switches and sensors that react to the movement of his collarbone. The prosthetic hand is equipped with a clamp (to hold things for repair), a magnifying glass and lighting for improved vision, and it is powered by a small motor connected to a battery. Initially Angel focused mainly only the functionality of the prosthetic arm and paid no attention to the aesthetics, but he is now midway through a more visually appealing arm.

Angel informs that a high-tech prosthetic in Venezuela can cost around 90,000 bolivars ($14,500), which is way beyond what an average person can pay. Thus, he sat down to create a prosthetic arm from domestically available materials which can cost anywhere from $300 to $800. For now, he says he has created a prosthetic arm only for his needs, but he can build one easily for various needs on requirement.

Via: Noticias24/OddityCentral



Bharat writes about latest gadgets, toys, robots and new technologies across various platforms. In addition to reporting and reviewing new products and technologies, he spends too much time digging the internet for endless questions. He's a die-hard football fan and a big foodie who wants to host Man v. Food some day.

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