This Mechanical Arm Allows Children to Design Custom LEGO Creations

By: Katherine Pendrill - Jul 13, 2015
References: uid.umu.se & lego.gizmodo
A researcher at the UmeƄ University in Sweden has designed a mechanical arm that is compatible with LEGO. Carlos Arturo Torres Tovar designed the clever device as a way of empowering children living with missing limbs, by giving them a fun way to customize their prosthetics.

The mechanical arm is produced similarly to other prosthetics, but with a unique twist-and-lock modular design that is compatible with LEGO. This clever design allows children to swap out the traditional three finger gripping attachment for their own custom LEGO creations. By turning a prosthetic device into a familiar toy, the mechanical arm empowers children to use their imagination to create their own tools.

This new device is not only functional, but it also helps restore the confidence of disabled children by giving them a fun and easy way to use their prosthetics.