DIY Socket for Prosthetics Contains Power Supply, Charger

Innovation in prosthetics is open to anyone looking to enhance the quality of life, but there’s an aspect of it that is sometimes under-served. The DIY Prosthetic Socket entry to the Hackaday Prize is all about the foundation of a useful prosthesis: a custom, form-fitting, and effective socket with a useful interface for attaching other hardware. While [atharvshringaregt] is also involved with a project for a high-tech robotic hand with meaningful feedback, socket fitting and design is important enough to be its own project.

The goal is not just to explore creating these essential parts in a way that’s accessible and affordable to all, but to have them include a self-contained rechargeable power supply that can power attachments. Thoughtful strap placement and a power supply design that uses readily available components with a 3D printed battery housing makes this DIY prosthetic socket a useful piece of design that keeps in mind the importance of comfort and fitting when it comes to prosthetics; even the fanciest robot hand isn’t much good otherwise.

3 thoughts on “DIY Socket for Prosthetics Contains Power Supply, Charger

  1. Since absolutely *nobody* is commenting on this, even though they really ought to be…

    This is cooler than a bare-handed fistful of dry ice, and I’m highly impressed.

  2. I never would have suspected that a prosthetic needed a power supply of some sort, until a teacher friend of mine had trouble one evening because his leg had a dead battery — he had to borrow an IPad charger and USB cable to get a quick boost so he could walk into the classroom without upsetting the students.

    Of course, the hacker in me wanted to disassemble his leg so I could see what kind of battery pack he was using, but that might have been impolite.

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