Robo hand via 3D printerRichard Van As, a South African carpenter, lost four fingers from his right hand to a circular saw two years ago.

He couldn’t afford the tens of thousands of dollars to get a prosthetic hand, which detects a muscle’s electric impulses to activate an artificial limb, so he decided to build his own after seeing a video of a mechanical hand made for a theatre production.

The “Robohand” is now helping people with less money gain more mobility and live more creative lives.

(WATCH the video below or READ the story in the Vancouver Sun)

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Thanks to Craig Withers for submitting the link!


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