These 3D-Printed Robotic Legs Could Serve As Cheaper Prosthetics

After losing four fingers on his right hand in an accident, carpenter Richard Van As and prop-maker Ivan Owen designed and built a cheap prosthetic replacement hand that would end up becoming a sort of poster child for the 3D printing industry. Now, Robohand's creators have designed a cheaper prosthetic leg as well. » 5/21/14 1:00pm 5/21/14 1:00pm

FDA Approves First Prosthesis Controlled by Muscle Electrical Signals

Dean Kamen's DEKA Arm is an electronic prosthetic that mimics natural arm and hand movement with an amazing level of finesse. It's controlled by electrical signals from the wearer's muscles. This week, the DEKA Arm became the first muscle-controlled prosthetic approved by the FDA for sale to the general public. » 5/10/14 4:01pm 5/10/14 4:01pm

The Fascinating Untold History of War and Prosthetics

There's something undeniably beautiful about prosthetic limbs, designed to echo the physical grace and mechanical engineering of the human body. For most people, these objects elicit some combination of squeamish discomfort and utmost respect. But far fewer of us connect those feelings to the untold generations of… » 4/30/14 5:20pm 4/30/14 5:20pm

Man Explains Why He Prefers $50 3D-Printed Hand to $42,000 Prosthesis

Everybody's excited about the possibilities of 3D printing, but, for some people, the technology stands to improve their lives on a daily if not hourly basis. Jose Delgado, Jr., a 53-year-old man born without most of his left hand, is one of them. Thanks to 3D-printing, Jose got a new hand. » 4/21/14 10:40am 4/21/14 10:40am

This Bionic Ankle Walks Like It's Alive

The human lower leg is a marvel of biological engineering—it lets you have a long, strong stride while minimizing exertion and joint strain. But conventional spring and hydraulically-driven prosthesis worn by amputees offer no such benefit and can cause osteoarthritis-inducing skeletal strains. The BiOM T2 system aims… » 4/18/14 11:40am 4/18/14 11:40am

This Bionic Drummer Arm Is Like Def Leppard 2.0

Like Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen who lost his arm in an accident but kept on performing, aspiring drummer Jason Barnes didn't let losing his right arm two years ago deter him from realizing his dream. He built a crude prosthetic using springs that allowed him to keep on drumming, but after enrolling at the Atlanta… » 3/06/14 9:41am 3/06/14 9:41am

Loving father built a prosthetic hand for his son with a 3D printer

Kids are just the best. And dads who love their kids make them even better. Leon is a boy who was born without fingers on one of his hands. Instead of making him think he was different, his father Paul McCarthy made him believe he was special. In fact, McCarthy made a prosthetic hand with a 3D printer so his son could… » 11/04/13 8:34pm 11/04/13 8:34pm

How Close Are We to Building a Full-Fledged Cyborg?

The dream of the cyborg is coming true at an exhilarating rate. As humans gets better and better at making machines, we keep attaching those machines to our bodies to make ourselves better humans. It seems at times that the only question left is if we can put a human brain in a robotic frame. Actually, it's not a… » 10/21/13 3:00pm 10/21/13 3:00pm

World's First Fully Bionic, Mind-Controlled Leg Goes for a Walk

When Zac Vawter lost his leg in a motorcycle accident a few years ago, he thought he'd never walk like a normal person again. But today, the 32-year-old software engineer can climb stairs, wiggle his toes and stroll through parks. The only difference is that one of his legs is a mind-controlled robot. » 9/26/13 10:40am 9/26/13 10:40am

I Wore a Bionic Leg, And I Never Wanted To Take It Off Again

Say you've just had ACL surgery. Or you're recovering from a bad break. Or, worse, you suffer a stroke, or MS, or spinal or neurological damage. Regaining the power to walk is one of the toughest things you can do, and it may be impossible without a crutch, rail, or physical therapist to lean on. The AlterG Bionic… » 7/10/13 3:48pm 7/10/13 3:48pm