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In March of 2013, I interviewed Easton LaChappelle about his first foray into 3D printed prosthetics; his original prototype employed a Nintendo Power Glove. Now, six years later, his company Unlimited Tomorrow is showing off one of the world’s most advanced prosthetic arms at CES 2019. The feature-packed 3D printed arm is currently available for $10,000 with plans to reduce the cost to $5,000 within a year.
$10k may sound like a lot, but a typical prosthetic with motorized motion can cost up to $100,000. And many of those models don’t come with the features of the Unlimited Tomorrow arm, such as:
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It also weighs only 1.5 pounds, a fifth of the weight of similar prosthetics. Ella Scarchilli handles the marketing of Arrow Electronics, a supply partner of Unlimited Tomorrow who shared a CES booth with them. She explains the advanced sensor and motion system, “We have advanced muscle sensors that are within the socket. You can flex your muscle and it reads that and turns it into an action for your fingers.” And artificial intelligence monitors the sensors to improve accuracy over time.
“We just put an AI control system within it, so that if you're doing the same movements a lot daily – like drinking coffee, writing, etc – it's going to automatically...
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