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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 [1]

Made out of non-toxic silicone [2], the green parts are soft and pliable, while the stiffer blue parts are made from easily recycled [3] 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 [4], 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 [5]

Via Wired [4]

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

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

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

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

[5] Richard Stark: http://www.richardstark.tk/

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