3D-printed prosthetic for heroic kids
A designer is using 3D-printed technology to build prosthetic hands that could make kids look and feel like Avengers.
Starace told Mashable he is building the prosthetic to raise kids' self esteem to "superhero levels."
The hand comes with Bluetooth connectivity, a battery, USB charger and Arduino technology, a computing tool that senses the physical world. By tilting one's hand back, the user activate "thrusters," which are actually LED light displays.
It's not quite as high tech as Tony Stark's fictional super suit, but Starace says his prosthetic could incorporate other technology like wireless devices, smartwatches, sensors, NFC technology and more.
In general, prosthetics cost thousands of dollars, but 3D-printing technology has drastically reduced the prices of developing functional prosthetics.
Starace said he intends to give the Iron Man hand to families for free and plans to collaborate with E-nable, a group that advocates for 3D-printing prosthesis, along the way. Starace said you could "put this on a child today." However, this is only the first model and has had no real-world application yet.
This isn't the first time technology has been developed to mimic superheroes. For X-Men fans, there's not only a real life-version of Wolverine's claws, but also Magneto shoes that let you walk on the ceiling.
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