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Richard Stark’s Amazing Neptune Fins Help Amputees Swim Again

Posted By Tafline Laylin On March 21, 2011 @ 12:56 pm In Design,Design for Health | Comments Disabled

silicone, polypropylene, swimming, amputees, environmentally-friendly, green design, prosthetics, neptune fins, richard stark, swedish designer [5]

Made out of non-toxic silicone [6], the green parts are soft and pliable, while the stiffer blue parts are made from easily recycled [7] polypropylene. This combination of materials creates a comfortable prosthesis that won’t leach nastiness into the environment.

Also very durable and resistant to most chemicals and acids, the fins will last a long time and won’t need constant replacing. According to the folks at Wired [8], they are not yet covered by insurance, so Stark has to come up with a plan to reduce costs. Even so, at roughly $350, the current model is a worthwhile investment.

+Richard Stark [1]

Via Wired [8]

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URLs in this post:

[1] Richard Stark's: http://www.richardstark.tk/

[2] back in the water: http://inhabitat.com/green-roofed-municipal-pools-create-an-enchanting-public-space-in-povoacao-portugal/

[3] environmentally harmless: http://inhabitat.com/can-mud-from-the-gowanus-canal-be-turned-into-glass-cubes/

[4]  : http://inhabitat.com/richard-starks-amazing-neptune-fins-help-amputees-swim-again/neptune-2/?extend=1

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/richard-starks-amazing-neptune-fins-help-amputees-swim-again/neptune-2/

[6] non-toxic silicone: http://inhabitat.com/bridgelux-cuts-led-costs-by-75-with-revolutionary-silicon-based-technology/

[7] easily recycled: http://inhabitat.com/euroshield-eco-friendly-roof-shingles-made-from-recycled-tires/

[8] Wired: http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/11/pl_designlimbs/?pid=3420&viewall=true

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