The hand project:

I am designing and building a hand attachment that will restore the functionality to my hand. This project is driven by design. I want it to be beautiful and different. I want it to stand out and spark discussion. This isn't about going back to what it was but moving forward and creating something new.

I don’t have to start from scratch.

One of the unanticipated results of sharing my hand project has been advice in all forms or suggestions of who I should reach out to for some help. The later is how I met Dr Jacqueline Hebert. Dr Hebert uses super high-techy stuff at the University of Alberta to make better prosthetics for people with limb amputations.

After some back and forth, what I’ve learnt is that my hand project falls into the category of orthotics and it is considered a splint / brace. She also pointed me to the product pictured below which is pretty close to what I need. This glove is most often used by those who suffer from a stroke or brain injury and lose muscle control.

Exampleof splint I Am Going To Buy

This product confirms my belief that there is virtually no beauty in the world of healthcare ( more on this later ) but I will buy one so that I can reverse engineer it. Why reinvent the wheel, you know?

Posted in The hand project on July 23, 2014

I’ve gone back to pen and paper to design the next version of the hand project

Making a paper mock-up for the next version of the hand project
Posted in The hand project on June 25, 2014

This is the first version of the hand project that is showing real signs of progress

Posted in The hand project on June 20, 2014

My first 3D printed parts for the hand project came in.

First 3D print for the hand project
Posted in The hand project on June 1, 2014

First attempt at designing components to 3D print for the hand project

3D model for first version of the 3D printed hand glove
Posted in The hand project on May 20, 2014

It looks like Superelastic Nickel Titanium is just what I’m after.

Posted in The hand project on May 6, 2014

It’s okay to ask for help

Know why I haven’t been updating too much on the hand project? I’ve realized that I can’t do this all by myself and am reaching out for help. I’ve gotten in touch with a few of the universities in Toronto and initial discussions seem promising.

And truthfully, I could use some help from a technical perspective. I think what I can do best is make this thing aesthetically beautiful and unabashedly striking but could use a bit of help making it as functional as possible.

Posted in The hand project on April 15, 2014

Now that I have a 3D scan of my hand, I can now design around it and print parts!

hand-scan
Posted in The hand project on April 4, 2014

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