Innovation award for Lego prosthetic arm that lets children design their own hand
It’s not the kids alone who are appreciative of the IKO Creative Prosthetic System. Jury at the prestigious digital technology summit Netexplo organized in Paris was equally approving and awarded the Lego prosthetic arm, which disabled children can customize to their need, with an innovation award. The Lego prosthetic system designed by Colombian designer Carlos Arturo Torres of the UMEA Institute of design that allows children to custom build their own Lego accessories won the Grand Prix award at the event.
The prosthetic arm was developed to help children with upper limb malfunctions feel less of a burden of their disability. Wonderful thing about the IKO Creative Prosthetic System is that it works as a largely functional replacement hand, which children can customize in different shapes, colors and accessories, which can help increase self-confidence in the child using it.
IKO Creative Prosthetic System that engages disabled children to build something creative right on their artificial arm was chosen winner from 2,175 digital inventions entries from around the world.
Ideally, the Lego prosthetic arm, which is expected to sell for about $5,000 (plus $1,000 for a 3D-printed socket, needed as the wearer grows) has a processor, battery system and socket which power the arm. The arm features a Lego create area at the end of the fancy electronics, which can be customized by a kid for himself.