When I say ‘robotic arms’, did a picture of an old school Terminator, boney, almost skeletal-like arm pop in your head?
Like this one?
We’re way past that, already.
Today, we see limb prosthetics that are flesh-colored so it’ll feel more natural. But if you’re bolder, you can go for a prosthetic that’s robo-looking to be a bit cyborg-y. You can do this if you want to live your life as if you’re a character straight from a a dystopian novel or a sci-fi movie. Like these guys.
And then, there are those life-like prosthetics like the one Easton made for Momo, a 9-year old swimmer who only has one arm. In partnership with Microsoft, LaChapelle was able to create a 3D printed robotic arm.
A closer look at Momo’s Arm
- 1 pound
- Individual Finger Movement
- Force monitor feedback through haptics
- Up to 3-4 days of battery life
- Muscle controlled
- Custom generated from 3d scan of her left arm
LaChapelle actually published his design so that anybody who needs it can download and 3 print it. His vision is for people from around the world to have access to the simple and affordable replication of this robotic arm. You can find more about this on his website, Unlimited Tomorrow.