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Student Max Shepherd Creates an Incredible Prosthetic Arm from LEGOs

Posted By Charley Cameron On February 14, 2012 @ 3:28 pm In Innovation,Interactive Objects | 1 Comment


This remarkably dexterous prosthetic arm [2] goes far beyond the accomplishments of many an advanced level LEGO Technics [3] buff. The LEGO constructed limb uses LEGO motors [4], pneumatics and the classic blocks, to create a detailed prosthetic which replicates human movement with a surprising level of fluidity and complexity. Created by Max Shepherd [5] — a student who describes the limb as being able to do some cool stuff — his video demonstration of the arm’s 12 degrees of freedom has attracted quite a YouTube [6] following. Watch it after the jump!

The above the elbow prosthetic arm has limitations that would prevent it from being put to practical use — it cannot lift more than a couple of pounds, and with details such as individually operated fingers, it requires a number of switches [7], joysticks, a compressor and hand pumps to operate. But as a project intended as an experiment to accurately mimic the full range of human motion while maximizing the speed and power of the LEGO prosthesis it’s pretty remarkable.

+ Max Shepherd [5]

Via The Daily Mail [8]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/student-max-shepherd-creates-an-incredible-prosthetic-arm-from-legos/incredible-prosthetic-arm-made-from-legos-1/

[2] arm: http://inhabitat.com/earth-day-and-the-past-year-in-green-design/

[3] LEGO Technics: http://technic.lego.com/en-us/Default.aspx

[4] LEGO motors: http://inhabitat.com/real-life-wall-e-made-from-lego-mindstorms-motors/

[5] Max Shepherd: http://maxshepherd.net/Things_that_move.html

[6] YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KR3IiXvzrds

[7] number of switches: http://inhabitat.com/energy-recycling-artificial-foot-created/

[8] The Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2100380/Hands-wants-Fan-proves-really-make-Lego-creating-prosthetic-arm-hand.html?ITO=1490

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