The Wearable Shortcut for Amputees

by Stephanie Tomsett | 4Q 2016 | IN-4307

Shortcut is a wearable device designed to transform how hand amputees interact with computers. The wristband connects to the Myo armband to translate muscle movement into movement on a computer screen. David Kaltenbach, Lucas Rex, and Maximilian Mahal developed the wearable device in Germany, where 15 people per day, on average, lose their hands. Most of these incidents stem from workers using heavy machinery, and the hand affected is often their dominant. The designers worked in cooperation with Ottobock, a German prosthetics company, and Fab Lab Berlin, a digital fabrication studio. The device has the potential to improve the lives of people with amputated hands, allowing them to interact with computers and other devices.

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