Prosthetic Fin Could Help Amputees Swim Again
Swedish design student Richard Stark has come up with an elegant, water-friendly prosthetic prototype.
- 16 november 2010
Swedish design student Richard Stark has come up with an elegant, water-friendly prosthetic prototype that could help amputees swim again. The fins enable wearers to emulate the motion of treading water and have already garnered great international response.
Inspired by amputee sprinters like Aimee Mullins (whose extensive collection of prosthetic legs includes creations by the late designer Alexander McQueen), the fin is divided into three “fingers”: stiff digit in the middle flanked by two pliable ones—which allows wearers to emulate the vaguely circular motion of treading water; swimmers can use the slider to adjust the Neptune’s flexibility to match their strength. And in a modification suggested by one of the amputees, the fin can rotate 90 degrees to switch from the sideways kick of the breaststroke to the up-and-down motion of the crawl.