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April 26, 2007

Pimp my arm

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The open source movement has revolutionized the computer world, so why not apply that same philosophy to some other fields of endeavor? That, in a nutshell, is the reasoning behind The Open Prosthetics Project, a collaborative group working to design better and less expensive artificial limbs. The Project brings together industrial designers, metal prototyping wizards, bio-med experts, roboticists, Lego wizards, you name it, to hash out new designs for prosthetic arms, legs, and other body parts.

Got an idea for a new hand? Post it on the brilliantly named Pimp My Arm section of the site. Want to see the latest in retro-hook design? Check out the new version of the Trautman Hook.(*) Want to help out? Sign up on the site, or just shoot 'em some bucks via Paypal.

(*)My grandfather had a Trautman hook, the result of his being in the wrong place at the wrong time...the wrong place was directly in front of a steam-powered corn combine, and the wrong time was when the combine decided to suddenly lurch forward, blades whirling. I have happy memories of watching the hook open and close as my grandfather flexed a muscle in his shoulder.

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at April 26, 2007 11:15 PM