The Anonymous Widower

Students Design ‘Mitt’ Prosthetic Limb For Children

The title of this post, is the same as this article on the BBC.

This was the good news story of the day, which started with these two paragraphs.

Even the most up-to-date prosthetic limbs can often be too heavy, or hard for young children to use with ease.

But now, a group of Imperial College engineering students has created a new, lighter one.

There is a video in the BBC article, which shows how it works.

  • It looks like it doesn’t have any power, so there are no heavy batteries.
  • Tools are attached by a powerful magnet.
  • As the name suggests, it is worn like a glove.
  • Judging by the look on the little girl’s face, as she used it to do simple tasks, it has found a satisfied customer!

What puzzles me, is that it is such a simple idea, that it hasn’t been thought off before.

Could The Mitt Have Other Applications?

I have a feeling it could.

I recently cut the back of my hand badly.

The picture shows it soon afterwards.

I don’t work or do many dirty tasks around the house, but could the students use their design principles for someone, who has perhaps damaged their hand and needs some protection.

This second picture shows how well it healed in the end.

I think the principle behind the Mitt has legs.

December 29, 2020 - Posted by | Design, Health | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. That is an really useful practical bit of equipment. A little over 3 years ago I developed osteomyelitis in the little finger of my right hand. I was lucky, it stayed in the distal phalangeal joint, the one nearest the fingertip. I had it removed, and was fully aware that if had spread I might have needed a bigger amputation. Something like that looks more user friendly than some of things I have sen.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | December 30, 2020 | Reply

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