Three DIY Lego prosthetic limbs customizable to user needs
There are many prosthetics out there; still many people prefer to go without them. There are two reasons – either these prosthetics are too expensive or they are heavy and uncustomizable. The idea to model prosthetics from Lego is to provide users useful, fun and appropriate alternative which can typically be used by both adults and children. Let’s check out the three most exciting Lego prosthetic limbs that are customizable i.e. they adapt well to variety uses.
# Prosthetic arm for kids
Carlos Arturo Torres from the UMEA Institute of design in collaboration with Lego FutureLab and CIREC has developed the IKO prosthetic system. The prosthetic arm system is made of Lego bricks in order to allow amputee children and their friends to build prosthetics. To assist builders and make the movement easier, Lego prosthetic arm has been fitted with a socket and a battery and the limb is powered by a processor.
# A Lego prosthetic leg
Christina Stephens who lost her limb in an accident built a prosthetic leg out of Legos. Christina is a practicing occupational therapist and clinical researcher. She got the idea to build a prosthetic leg from Lego, when a research lab co-worker jokingly asked her to build a leg for herself. Back at home, Christina started with a tub full of Lego bricks and created a special Lego leg. Watch time-lapse video that shows how Christina built the prosthetic leg.
# Superhero Lego Prosthetic arm
Born withan arm that ends below the elbow, Adrian Robinson (now 10 years old) designed himself a Lego hand with its own superpowers after being influenced to build one at the Superhero Cyborgs – KIDmob run camp, where kids with different limb differences are helped to design their own prosthetic and orthopedic devices. Adrian, born without a left arm, with help from volunteers and prosthetists, assembled a unique prosthetic that comprises old toys, metal components and some 3D printed parts. The Prosthetic arm can be fitted with different objects that include forks and spoons, a large Lego hand and also a Wii remote. Adrian’s hand is not the flashiest of prosthetics, but it’s very practical and useful. Instructables user CobyUnger is working on a 3D printed version of Aidan’s designs.