As I browsed the news about all the things that are happening today in all parts of the world, I saw Ebola, terrorists, war, hunger, anger and fear. But one strong thing came to mind: I think that we would see a future where there won’t ever be a playing field to level because I believe that all the great people and soon to be great people out there will think of something up, invent and innovate to come up with great solutions. It’s happening right now, it’s happening all across the world and I feel honored to write about it.
Meet Rayden Kahae
He’s a cool kid with a cool name. But more than that, he just received a cool gift. How does an Iron Man prosthetic arm and finger sound to you? You guessed it right, it’s awesome! In fact, it was so awesome that his siblings and family went around the box with great anticipation to watch him open it when it arrived to their home. When he went to his school in Hawaii, his classmates could only watch in awe as he sported the cool-looking arm. On days like these, you could only think about the cool chaps who brought the Iron Man arm into reality. Not even Amniotic Band Syndrome (ABS) could dampen the spirits of this awesome kid. So, kudos to the E-Nable community as well as to 3D printing technology. (Express.co.uk)
Climb every mountain with the Klippa
Next up in our happiness and hope roundup is a goat-inspired prosthetic that lets you climb every mountain and follow every rainbow until you find your dream, to quote the Sound of Music.
Design student Kai Lin from the Pratt Institute may be onto something when he designed the Klippa. With inspiration borrowed from the agility of mountain goats coupled with the best and newest techniques and technology, the Klippa features some very noteworthy aspects:
- The replaceable rubber shin guard and shoe enables climbers to adjust or replace the rubber that gives them traction. Whether it’s granite, sandstone or limestone, there’s a rubber shoe fit for that.
- An elastic pivot joint complete with a bungee cord and spring give an optimal level of shock absorption. This gives the climber some much needed comfort and flexibility.
- Can’t make up your mind whether to step on that narrow ledge or not? With the minimalist surface area design of the Klippa, there’s no need to worry about not having enough space to put your prosthetic foot on.
- Finally, the hoof like sole was not just designed because the hoofs of mountain goats look cool, they were meant to spread out the impact of contact laterally from a downward force.
- The design elements were also intended to mimic and derive inspiration from several types of rock climbing gear.
Like our first inspiration, the Klippa was also made possible through 3D printing technology.
If you want to know more about the Klippa, the Pratt Institute’s gallery features an amazing rundown of its design, inspiration and even the feedback of climbers who tested it. Though it’s not yet commercially available, let’s just hope that it would be in very near future.
Creative Commons Image via Jake Givens