Brainwave Powered Prosthetic Arm Built By 17-Year-Old

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17 year old Easton LaChappelle has created his own robotic prosthetic limb out of an Arduino and a 3d printer. His first version, created back in 2010, was made from LEGO, a few servos and some fishing line, and was a simple robotic hand. He won 3rd prize for the teen category at the Colorado Science Fair, where he met a little girl who was born without an arm. After learning that a prosthetic limb costs $80,000, he set about building his own for a fraction of the cost.

This 3rd-generation arm is fully articulated arm that resembles the movement of a human’s arm. Powered by an Arduino chip, the rest of the arm has been printed by a 3D printer. The arm can connect to a brainwave reading headset, where the user can then have accurate control.

It was revealed at TEDxMileHigh, where audiences were astounded, and he has since been offered an internship with NASA.

Adam RogersAdam RogersI am the the founder and editor of Codeduino. I'm a developer by trade, and a maker by night. I've been 'making' ever since being introduced to Arduino at university - my final year project was an Ableton Live controller based on Arduino.


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