A friends recently visited Morocco and brought back this scarf. The fabric is soft, the colours are gorgeous and it feels amazing against my skin.
But is there a purpose or reason for these photos? Besides being an exercise in keeping at it and looking fabulous, nope.
A while ago a gentleman from the UK reached out to share his story with me. He’d been in a motorcycle accident that left him with an injury to his right hand. An injury very similar to mine: we both aren’t able to open our right hand at the knuckle joints.
Rather than start from scratch, he hired a team of specialists who created him a custom solution. Take a look at the photos below to see how it works.
What’s great about his splint is that it is low profile and simple. Unlike the exoskeleton that I’ve been working on, his has very little moving parts and generally the more moving parts, the more that can go wrong.
So rather than continue further down the road with my exoskeleton, I decided to switch lanes and try make my own version of his splint. I put it together, tried it out and it looks like it works for me too.
Watch the video below to see the results of my latest creation.
In the last version of my hand project, I had the exoskeleton to a point where it could fully open and close with my hand.
This time I included a few hooks in the design so that I can add an elastic that pulls back on my finger. It does a good job below the middle joint but in the next version I need to get it to pull the whole finger back and open.
The song in my video — Crawl Before You Ball by Saafir — really explains how I feel this project is going.
I don’t like branded T-shirts. I don’t care to wear a random logo of a company I know nothing about.
Sometimes though I find tees that have great graphics such as the one below. It is of a Mayan King sitting on a throne of Mayan people being gifted large presents by Mayan subjects. Just ridiculous enough for me to dig it.
The shirt was also an XXL and terrible fabric but I purchased it with the intent of turning it into a bit of a DIY fashion project.
I placed the graphic on the front of the shirt but I really liked the large gold letters and thought I could do something interesting with them. I put out a call on social media for suggestions and a friend came back with a great word with the perfect definition.
adj.) To be fly, impressively dressed, attention seeking through the way you’re clothed. To wear nice attire.
A bonus is that the word itself — popularized by Bun B — is rooted in Hip-Hop music.
I had two goals for this version of the exoskeleton:
The next step now is to add some of the actual functionality into it.
It’s been a little over a year since I’ve started working on my hand project and up until now it’s simply been a part time effort. It is something I have been working on in my free time after work and on weekends. I’d consider it more of a hobby project but I’ve been persistent and it’s paid off. Through a series of circumstances, my story made its way into the halls of the CBC who picked it up as an interest piece for their evening news.
Because of the exposure my project got on the news I’ve had people reach out to me. One of those was Hargurdeep Singh or Deep for short. Deep is currently studying at Seneca college for mechanical engineering and is heavily involved with many organizations throughout the GTA. He is also involved with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers who just so happens to be running a 3D printing challenge right now. The I AM 3D Challenge is meant to encourage undergraduates to push the limits of what 3D printing can do. Deep along with his team and advisors approached me because they believed in my story and the possibilities this project could have for the competition.
This past week Deep and his team came by my place to begin working together. They showed up with several cases of fancy equipment that they set up to get a proper 3D scan of my hand. I had no clue what most of it did which is why I’m glad I now have someone helping me on the technical side while I get to focus on the aesthetics.
They are now printing out a copy of this model and use it to work off of. I am excited to see what they can come up with.
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