This Prosthetic Thumb Is Completely Unnecessary But So Cool

This Prosthetic Thumb Is Completely Unnecessary But So Cool
July 06 20:01 2017 Print This Article

This deserves three thumbs up.

Dani Clode, a graduate student at London’s Royal College of Art, designed a 3D-printed, wearable, prosthetic thumb that can comfortably grip playing cards, reach difficult guitar notes and hold multiple glasses of wine.

Code created the mechanical thumb, which she describes on her website as “part tool, part experience and part self-expression,” as a way to demonstrate how prosthetics can do more than replace a missing body part.

“The origin of the word ‘prosthesis’ meant ‘to add, put onto,’ so not to fix or replace, but to extend,” Clode writes. “The Third Thumb is inspired by this word origin, exploring human augmentation and aiming to reframe prosthetics as extensions of the body.”

The Third Thumb Project from Dani Clode on Vimeo.
The extra appendage wraps around the user’s hand and is connected to a small motor worn around the wrist. It’s controlled through a Bluetooth sensor placed inside the wearer’s shoe. The fake thumb is 3D printed with a material called Ninjaflex. Clode’s design won the Royal College of Art’s Helen Hamlyn Award for Creativity.

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