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August 23, 2012 8:05 PM   Subscribe

Engineers at Rose Hulman design a pretty cool prosthetic arm for a kid according to his specs (4min, video). Looks like it's part of a program to connect students with kids in need that has produced similar projects in the past.
posted by mathowie (9 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
Be sure to watch the Nina's World video as well.

What struck me with this video was how cool that family is. I thought, I wish I had a sister that awesome, then I remembered mine is and I felt lucky.

I also thought it would be great to donate to a project that gave kids in need arms.

I was really hoping the arm would have been some kind of dinosaur inspired arm that was like twice as long and could shoot lasers or something. When it said the kid helped design it I expected something a bit more exciting than this, but I still thought this video was awesome.
posted by cjorgensen at 8:20 PM on August 23, 2012


Between this and NASA's recent efforts, I like this trend of engineers having high-production-value PR for a change.
posted by figurant at 8:23 PM on August 23, 2012


Wow, this is great. But the film ends too early - I want to see this kid using his new arm. Preferably to be a terrifying robo-dinosaur.
posted by embrangled at 8:57 PM on August 23, 2012


I hope I never need anything like that but, if I do, sign me up for the particle beam cannon.
posted by LastOfHisKind at 9:31 PM on August 23, 2012


cjorgensen: "I also thought it would be great to donate to a project that gave kids in need arms."

I thought everyone in the US had a right to bear arms? The government should get on this.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 9:54 PM on August 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


Apparently August 23rd is "Post About Donations of Prosthetic Arms to Young Boys Day. And to think I don't even get a stat holiday for it.
posted by Lemurrhea at 10:23 PM on August 23, 2012


I thought everyone in the US had a right to bear arms? The government should get on this.

Leave the bears alone! Their arms are too big for your body, anyway.
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 12:12 AM on August 24, 2012


That's fantastic! Thanks for posting this.
posted by wiskunde at 6:53 AM on August 24, 2012


Between this and NASA's recent efforts, I like this trend of engineers having high-production-value PR for a change.

Rose may not be well known outside of (STEM) academic circles, but there's a lot of good PR material to be had there. Students also provide their skills back to the area with a free math and science helpline for 6th-12th grade students.

(I am undeniably biased though)
posted by Feantari at 3:11 PM on August 24, 2012


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