A Helping Hand

For many of the 2-5 million amputees worldwide, prosthetic limbs are but an expensive and inaccessible dream. 21-year-old Sudanese engineering student Ashraf Mizo wants to change that.
 
Mizo has created simple, inexpensive prosthetics using 3-D printing technology and machine learning. Harnessing the electrical signals from an amputee’s brain, he calibrates the prosthetic limb to respond to simple commands: open, close, pinch and grip. And while artificial limbs usually cost anywhere from $6,000 to $30,000, Mizo printed his first prosthetic arm for less than $20.
 
Now Mizo hopes to partner with an amputee organization in Sudan to start fitting his prosthetic limbs onto patients.
 
Source: Forbes

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