This is just absolutely wonderful.
A Colombian student named Carlos Arturo Torres, in partnership with CIREC (a foundation for physical rehabilitation) and LEGO Future Lab, has designed and built this fantastic prosthetic limb system for kids. It connects to the limb in a similar way to other prosthetic limbs, but as well as having a usual hand attachment it comes with various different LEGO kits that the child can build and add on in a kind of “Iron Man” style.
It’s fully blown my mind just how great this is. Earlier this year Carlos won the Open Design Student Prize at 2015 Core77 Design Awards, which is fantastic, however the true reward is seeing this kid, Dario, playing and laughing with his friends whilst creating new attachments for his arm!
Torres grand idea involves making the system available for other toy manufacturers to create add-ons for it; “The nature of the system would allow to be compatible with more products than LEGO, imagine having MARVEL developing superhero modules, MATTEL making doll houses or car launchers, GE producing microscopes, NINTENDO having compatible accessories, and everything at its normal accessible price.” which sounds pretty rad!
He hopes that this system will also help kids who don’t necessarily have missing limbs understand these kinds of disabilities better and encourage them to play and empathise with other children rather than being scared of what they don’t know, which can only be a good thing surely; “What if “normal” kids could understand disability in from a different perspective? Maybe they could empathize instead of being afraid of something they don’t know, what if they could all share, learn and create all together using play as a mean?”
What a fantastic creation! I hope we see much more of this system in the not too distant future.