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« on: January 09, 2013 07:33:45 AM »



Hello all!

Another update on the finger prosthesis project. Richard, the co-creator and designer of what we've been calling "Robohand", now has a more refined version of the prosthetic which has a new tip that allows him to perform precise tasks like....

Typing: http://youtu.be/DF4wUQKkx10 Smiley

One of the best aspects of this current design is that much of it was constructed from things one can find at a hardware store. The main lever arm & mounting arm for the tip were made from a brass door hinge. The control ring was made from a plumbing fitting. The grip-pad on the finger tip was made from a pad that you can buy to stick underneath table legs. The sleeve to provide padding for his stump is a finger-grip that office workers use when sifting through stacks of paper.


Here are a few images of the latest device:


The only specialty components involved in this design are the orthopedic plastic used to create the hand-mount (usually obtained via a doctor or physical therapist) and the tiny ball-joints (the little ball joints are used in RC cars and can be obtained via a hobby shop or online store).




Within the next week, for those who are interested, we'll be sharing more detailed information on how the prosthetic devices are constructed on our blog: http://comingupshorthanded.com/2013/01/04/celebrating-our-first-year/

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Best of 2013 winner, but this is just as good.


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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2013 08:06:47 AM »

I still think this is the awesomest thing anybody has ever done.  If I had money, I'd send it to you.
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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2013 08:25:30 AM »

I love that you got most of the stuff from a common hardware store and yet it has a certain elegance as well as being functional.  The polished brass is particularly lovely.
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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2013 10:48:21 AM »

Your ingenuity is truly an inspiration! It's great to see your continued advancements.
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