Today in super cool tech news: Dad makes son prosthetic hand with 3D printer, all the kids at the lunch table get jealous
12-year-old Leon McCarthy was born without fingers on his left hand. Without a prosthetic, Leon learned to rely on his dependable five fingers. That is until his dad, Paul, made him an amazing, colorful, custom-made prosthetic hand with a 3D printer, and Leon got to try out using ten.
Paul found instructions for printing the prosthetic hand online thanks to prosthetics-designer Ivan Owen, who wanted to create an open-source , DIY option for people who might not be able to get their hands on a typical $20,000-$30,000 prosthetic. Paul made Leon’s hand with only $10 in parts.
In an interview with CBS News, Leon said the prosthetic made an impact in his life not only because it allowed him to draw and hold his backpack and drink out of a bottle using his left hand, but it also made him "special instead of different" — a self-described 12-year-old cyborg.
We can’t get over this story, and to celebrate all the amazing innovators, inventors, and cool dads setting off on adventures in 3D printing, 3 TEDx Talks on the wonders of 3D printing:
**Scott Summit: Beautiful artificial limbs
Another prosthetics designer, Scott Summit, began to take issue with his work when he noticed that a lot of his patients had to hack their own artificial limbs — with socks, bubble wrap, even duct tape — just to feel comfortable. In this talk from TEDxCambridge, he describes how he turned to 3D printing to create limbs that not only match a person’s body, but their personality as well.
**Klaus Stadlmann: The world’s smallest 3D printer
Klaus Stadlmann built the microprinter, the smallest 3D printer in the world. In this talk from TEDxVienna, he demos this tiny machine that could someday make customized hearing aids — or sculptures smaller than a human hair.
**David F. Flanders: Why I have a 3D printer
David F. Flanders is a 3D printing guru and the host of PIF3D, a collective dedicated to hosting “build parties,” during which 3D printing experts help curious outsiders build personal 3D printers. In this talk from TEDxHamburg, he discusses the development of the technology and the implications of its mass use, including 3D printers’ role in recovery relief, architecture, and the office supply closet.
(Photos: CBS News)
Bienvenidos a la lista semanal de TEDx en español. ¡Disfruten estas 4 excelentes charlas de todo el mundo!
This week we have 4 talks from across the Spanish-speaking world, spanning topics from NASA’s satellite fleet to the potential medical benefits of 3D printing.
TEACHERS: Did you know it’s possible to create a virtual lesson from a TEDx Talk? At TED-Ed you can quickly flip any of these talks. Check out these questions we whipped up for Manfred Meiners’ talk and find out more about how to make your own TED-Ed lessons.
Aún llego: Jandro at TEDxMoncloa
At TEDxMoncloa, famous funnyman Jandro explores the psychology behind the fear that can prevent us for reaching from our goals.
En TEDxMoncloa, el famoso humorista Jandro, explora la psicología detrás de los miedos que nos impiden alcanzar nuestros objetivos.
Mi primera vez… con una impresora 3D: Maximiliano Bertotto at TEDxUTN
As a child, inventor Maximiliano Bertotto was dedicated to figuring how things work. He fearlessly took electronics apart and put them back together, even after a brush with electrocution. At TEDxUTN, he showcases his take on 3D printing and explains why he believes a sense of playfulness is essential in all things — especially to create.
De niño, el inventor Maximiliano Bertotto se dedicaba a averiguar cómo funcionan las cosas. Sin miedo, desarmaba electrónicos y los volvía a armar, incluso después de estar a punto de electrocutarse. En TEDxUTN muestra su valoración de la impresión 3D y explica por qué cree que un sentido lúdico es esencial en todas las cosas, especialmente para crear.
In this uplifting talk at TEDxZapopan, José de Jesús López (Pepe) talks life as a person who is both deaf and blind, and shows how people with visual or auditory disabilities are a great asset to the working world. He is joined by Zaira Vázquez and Jorge Neri — the co-founders of a non-profit that helps disabled men and women enter into the workforce.
En esta charla edificante en TEDxZapopan, José de Jesús López (Pepe) habla de la vida como una persona ciega y sorda, y muestra cómo las personas con discapacidad visual o auditiva son un gran activo para el mundo laboral. Se le unen Zaira Vázquez y Jorge Neri, cofundadores de una organización sin ánimo de lucro que ayuda a hombres y mujeres en desventaja a conseguir trabajo.
Con el lente hacia la tierra: Erika Podest at TEDxPanamaCity
NASA’s fleet of satellites crosses each pole 15 times a day, sending a wealth of information back to Earth — from the extent of light pollution in cities to how fast ice is melting in Greenland. At TEDxPanamaCity, Erika Podest explains the tremendous value of these denizens of the sky.
Una flota de satélites de la NASA cruza cada polo 15 veces al día, enviando una gran cantidad de información a la Tierra, desde la magnitud de la contaminación lumínica en las ciudades hasta cuánto hielo se está derritiendo en Groenlandia. En TEDxPanamaCity, Erika Podest explica el enorme valor de estos habitantes del cielo.