By combining a Nintendo Power Glove with 3D-printed parts, Easton LaChappelle has created a functional robotic prosthetic arm. Other items used include: LEGO bricks, fishing wire, and surgical tubing. His design utilizes 3D printing to help offset the high costs of prosthetic technology, and is controlled by a Teensy Arduini microcontroller, amplifier circuits and Bluetooth receivers. Continue reading for two videos and more information.
Inhabitat reports: “Movement works by flexing muscles then blinking the eyes to coincide with assigned tasks like hand, elbow or arm flexing, monitored by an EEG headset to control movements by measuring brainwaves. The parts are all 3D printed using a Printbot aside from the gears, motors and screws, with a total cost of a shocking $250.”