3D Printed Prosthetic Arms You Can Control with Your Brain

“LaChappelle made his first robotic hand out of LEGOs, fishing wire, and electrical tubing when he was all of 14 years old, and it’s now, after considerable effort on his part, a 3D printed marvel capable of operating in conjunction with the user’s mind.”

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“It’s considerably more functional than a traditional prosthesis – and stronger than a human hand. LaChappelle says the next generation of the arm was capable of sustaining 50 pounds of pressure on each individual finger. ‘The strength of the hand is so great that it’s almost dangerous,’ LaChappelle says of the device.” [More…]

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The above quotes are from a 3DPrint.com article, “Teen Launches GoFundMe Campaign to 3D Print Prosthetic Arms You Can Control with Your Brain.” (20 Jan 2015)

Mindful Media: Easton LaChappelle’s Great Project – Brain Controlled Prosthetics

Easton LaChappelle has developed a million-dollar brain-controlled artificial limb. Now he’s giving away the technology as an open source project.

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“There’s been a fundamental shift in how we see technology. Science and engineering are no longer just industries. Technology is something we’re passionate about, whether we’re arguing over the iPhone or eagerly anticipating the next technology that will change everything. Just like every song has a story, the technology we most care about has a deeply personal journey behind it, from Steve Jobs’ decades-long obsession with changing how we use computers to Sergey Brin and Larry Page turning a fascination with the mathematics that underlie how we use the Internet into Google. Just like we care as much about the singer as we do the song, we care about the engineer behind the world-changing idea.” [More…]

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3D Printing in Animatronics: Easton LaChappelle at TEDxMileHigh

This video was first published to YouTube on Jul 15, 2013. (source)

Synopsis. “How is 3D printing changing the future of prosthetic and animatronic limbs? Tinkering with this new technology 17-year old inventor Easton LaChappelle is creating robotic limbs with strength and dexterity beyond human, and will create new models for custom prosthetics in the not-so-distant future.”

Further Reading

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TEDxYouth: Easton LaChappelle – Prosthetics and technology revolution

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdxSZwxtg8Q]

Originally published to YouTube on May 10, 2013.

Synopsis. What do you get when you combine prosthetics and 3D printing? In this inspiring talk, 17-year old Easton LaChappelle shows us how he has been using new technologies to print and build cheaper, customizable prosthetics that could change millions of lives.

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