IKO is a creative prosthetic system that inspires disabled children through creative freedom and play

Imagine a child born without an arm or lost one at a young age, how can that child express his creativity if he or she is only left with one arm to work with? Not to mention, the disability can take a toll on the child’s self-esteem. Carlos Arturo Torres, a student designer from the UMEA Institute of Design came up with an idea to help disabled kids exercise their freedom to be creative with a LEGO-inspired prosthetic: IKO. 

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With such an ingenious idea that not only touches technological innovation, but also touches the improvement of the quality of living for disabled kids, Torres was awarded the 2015 Core77 Best Open Design Student Honoree. “Empowering kids in disability to raise their voice, to realize they are indeed special…” was Torres’ inspiration for the project.

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