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Prosthetic Fin Could Help Amputees Swim Again

Prosthetic Fin Could Help Amputees Swim Again

Swedish design student Richard Stark has come up with an elegant, water-friendly prosthetic prototype.

Sandra Pfeifer

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.

From Wired:

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.


Richard Stark

[from Wired]

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