PSFK Picks: Top Five Health Innovations Of The Week
A 3D printed prosthetic hand and iPads that connect mothers to their babies in intensive care. The most innovative stories from the world of wellness.
Each week PSFK.com with its partner Boehringer Ingelheim bring you a snapshot of Five Innovative Ideas that are reshaping the health care industry. This weeks innovations include a 3D printed prosthetic hand and iPads that connect mothers to their babies in intensive care.
Open Source Prosthetic Hand Can Be Printed For $150 Robohand is a mechanical 3D-printed hand that can be created using a MakerBot 3D printer. Richard Van As, a South Africa-based woodworker, originally conceived the idea in 2011 after losing four of his fingers in an accident. Van As soon began collaborating with Seattle-based prop designer Ivan Owen to create a design for inexpensive prosthetics that could work as effectively as real hands and fingers, however these designs cost upwards of $10,000 per finger. The team then paired up with MakerBot to 3D print the components, which dramatically sped up the process of creating prosthetic hands and fingers, as well as lowered production costs. In all the Robohand, a fully functional robotic prosthetic hand, can be produced for a total cost of around $150, and has the potential to dramatically increase the availability of prosthetics to those in need.