Kaylene Kau, a recent graduate of the Industrial Design Department at the University of Washington, created the octopus-like prosthetic limb you see above. Simply put, users can wrap this limb around an object to pick it up or manipulate it. Continue reading for more.

Over the years there have been significant advancements in artificial limbs. New plastics and other materials, such as carbon fiber, have allowed artificial limbs to be stronger and lighter, limiting the amount of extra energy necessary to operate the limb. This is especially important for transfemoral amputees. Additional materials have allowed artificial limbs to look much more realistic, which is important to transradial and transhumeral amputees because they are more likely to have the artificial limb exposed.

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