My article on the tough realities of designing next generation prosthetic arms and the philosophy behind the Open Prosthetics Project is up on IEEE Spectrum online
, and will appear in the March issue of the magazine. There are a couple of edits I wasn't thrilled with, but in general I'm pleased.
To quote the sidebar about how everyone can help with OPP:
"While it’s most natural to want to help within your area of expertise, it’s not a requirement. We’ve got challenges like improving the mechanics of a basic body-powered device like the T-Hook or designing the manufacture for one. You can also help with software or circuit-board design for our myoelectric signal processor, the MyOpen. If you’re looking for something soothing, you could quarry some mental rocks by filling in the gaps in our patent database. If you’re a Web designer or programmer, maybe you’d like to help us redesign our Web site to incorporate the functionality of our multiple Web sites into one, develop the true open collaboration hub that we imagine at Open Prosthetics
, or help me get Google Friend Connect working. These projects are described on our wiki
. You can connect with others on the Open Prosthetics social network
. That said, the way to help is probably not to call or e-mail me. We figured out early on that my inbox is a choke point."
In that vein, I'd like to say that recent developments on the site are great! The APRL Hook Project
has really taken off, and the video
that Darryl did explaining how the hook works and why it is useful is very informative. This project is an example of one that was conceived by and has been driven by OPP members without any help from me, and looks to be moving along nicely.
John Bergmann's LEGO hand project has gotten a bunch of attention from volunteers recently, so look for some updates there in the near future.
The Fundacion Amistad project in Cuba
got some help from the Center for International Rehabilitation
's Hector Cassanova, who introduced CIR's X-Shaped Pylon leg, and experimented with using the technology for arms. CIR you may remember from Michael Davidson's post
on their soda bottle arm, which was featured on Instructables
. We're looking forward to helping CIR continue to develop the X-Shaped Pylon as an appropriate technology solution, as well as developing low cost components that can be used with the system and manufactured locally.
Thanks again for all of your work on the project.