What if you could print yourself a brand new hand?

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(CNN) — Smiling children are using prosthetic hands to open windows through which we can glimpse the future of health care — a future where outsiders and amateurs innovate along with insiders and professionals. The question is, “Will America lead the way, as it has for a century, or will it fall behind, as it has begun to do?”

My forthcoming Mercatus Center research “Fortress and Frontier in American Health Care” argues that leading requires us to abandon the partisan rancor over health insurance (“Obamacare” vs. “repeal and replace”) and focus, instead, on innovating our way to better health.

FDA-approved prosthetic hands cost around $40,000. Several years ago, a South African carpenter lost some fingers in an accident and collaborated with a Washington state puppetmaker to invent a vastly more affordable device.

They adapted a 19th-century metal-and-whalebone design for a 21st-century 3-D printer to produce a hand that allows users…

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The Third Dimension To Prosthetics

One of the biggest advantages offered by Wearable Technology is its functionality. Buying a smartwatch because it is à la mode maybe as good a reason as any, but you also know that your smartwatch is going to help you communicate in a much more productive manner. Again, buying a fitness band is not just about looking cool in the gym but also about getting more out of your workout and your day itself.

So, when one talks about functionality of wearable technology, then one would not be exaggerating to state that it can indeed give you an arm and a leg in terms of support. You can take that statement literally because the powerful combination of 3-D printing and wearable technology is allowing people to wear prosthetics.

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The world is full of people like Hayley Fraser, Leon McCarthy, Pat Starace and so many others who are either…

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MPO College Options

Lyndzie Lehman

I think one of the most intimidating aspects of entering into the field of prosthetics is the fact that there are only twelve accredited colleges that offer a Master’s in Prosthetics and Orthotics. I cannot help but to think back to my junior year of high school, way back when we had to apply to undergraduate programs. Then, there was roughly fourteen thousand five hundred colleges to choose from and way back then, I applied to thirteen colleges. Now I have twelve colleges to choose from, and I find that fact quite alarming.

Today I realize how quickly life goes by. It feels like yesterday that I was a freshman at college and graduate school was the last thing on my mind, but alas here I am three years later planning out the next four years of life.  I would be lying if I said I was not terrified.  There…

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Next-gen artificial limbs help amputees grab onto a better life

FIGHT BOREDOM, SPREAD HAPPINESS

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Even when Adrian Albrich sits still, you can hear the motors in his hand whirring. Bzzzt. Vrrrt. Zyyt. Little more than a month after doctors outfitted him with a new prosthetic left hand, Albrich still fidgets with it, clenching and unclenching, alternating grips, acclimating to the way it feels and reacts.

With spindly metal fingers, carbon-fiber knuckles and black silicon fingertips, there’s no mistaking Albrich’s prosthetic left hand for its muscle-and-bone counterpart, but the things it can do certainly come close. He can grasp a water bottle and twist off the cap. Pick up a quarter off the table. Hold a tiny finishing nail while he pounds it in with a hammer. He can even view a graph of the electric signals he uses to trigger it … on an iPhone. Try doing that with the real thing.

Though he’s one of the first recipients in the United States…

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Hugh Herr the Real Bionic Man

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Bionic Hugh HerrReposted from: CNN/Coming up on ‘The Next List’: Hugh Herr, Bionic man

Hugh Herr, who is the director of the Biomechatronics group at MIT’s Media Lab and the founder of iWalk. He invents bionic limbs that move like flesh and bone. Herr lost both of his limbs in a tragic mountain climbing accident.

Hugh Herr believes there’s no such thing as disability – only bad technology.

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