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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
Richard Stark's Neptune Fins are beautiful prosthetics designed for lower limb amputees longing to get back in the water. Recognizing the numerous health problems associated with lack of movement and the benefits of swimming, the young Swedish designer created a safe, practical, and environmentally harmless option that is perfect for the casual or serious swimmer. Unlike many prosthetics, these fins will give amputees a new lease on life without breaking the bank. Take a closer look at their amazing design after the jump.
Made out of non-toxic silicone , the green parts are soft and pliable, while the stiffer blue parts are made from easily recycled  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 , 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 
Via Wired 
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 Image: http://inhabitat.com/richard-starks-amazing-neptune-fins-help-amputees-swim-again/neptune-2/
 non-toxic silicone: http://inhabitat.com/bridgelux-cuts-led-costs-by-75-with-revolutionary-silicon-based-technology/
 easily recycled: http://inhabitat.com/euroshield-eco-friendly-roof-shingles-made-from-recycled-tires/
 Wired: http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/11/pl_designlimbs/?pid=3420&viewall=true
 Richard Stark: http://www.richardstark.tk/
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