(Article by nerdbastards contributor Mark Poynter, A.K.A Mordrun)

Who wouldn’t want to tap someone on the shoulder with it?

OK you sick NerdBastards, it’s time to come clean.  96% of you saw the word Tentacle and immediately wondered if this research was being funded by the Shokushu Goukan (Tentacle rape) Japanese erotica industry or the producers of a remake of Corben’s Galaxy of Terror.   Wow, I feel dirty just writing about that.  Shower dirty, not the naughty, but good kinda dirty.

While half of you keep sitting there thinking, “I can’t believe he went there!?!” Let’s look at the PROSTHETIC arm design of Kaylene Kau, recently displayed at the 2010 University of Washington Design Show (above).

Prosthetic Arm
Research found that the prosthetic arm of upper-limb amputees was primarily used as an aid (e.g. holding and gripping) to the dominant existing hand.  As a result this prosthetic arm’s main feature is adaptable grip, which allows the user to hold a wide variety of items of different shapes and sizes.
This is an interestingly different look at the solution to a problem I wish no one had to face.  People all over the world though are faced with tough situations that this prosthetic design and others can help.  If I were a kid facing the choice between the traditional prosthetic and the tentacle, I think I might go with the tentacle.  Kau’s great design wasn’t the only one at the WU Design Show, there are a number of other prosthetic arm projects that can be seen on the uwdesign website.

While your there check out the other projects on Kaylene’s student page.  Cool stuff!

Category: Nerd Culture, WTF?

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