Cheap Robot Arm Turns Disabled Kid Into Sci-Fi Superstar

Dee Faught is 17 and suffers from osteogenesis imperfecta, commonly known as "brittle bone disease". For years he's been unable to perform even simple tasks like turning off his own lightswitch. Now, however, he's got a degree of independence. All thanks to his badass new robot arm.

A team of student engineers at Rice Universeity have spent two years designing and building Dee a claw that attaches to the back of his wheelchair, and can be controlled using a PlayStation pad.

It's a revelation, not just for the freedom it grants Dee, but also because it only cost around $US800, where traditionally stuff like this would set you back over $US20,000.

The best part, though, is that Dee can now a science super-hero. Or super-villain. The choice is his to make.

Rice engineering team delivers robotic arm to Houston area teenager [RICE, via Laughing Squid]


Comments

    All the feels, all at once... awwwww.... damn it. What a way to start my day :) Thanks Luke :D

    Sharing this on Facebook for sure :)

    That's pretty awesome. Only thing that would have made it better would be if he'd "accidentally" squirrel-gripped one of the guys while testing out the arm.

      You mean "accidentally" squirrel-gripped one of the guys nuts while testing out the arm...

      "Now NO ONE can stop me! Ahahahahaha!"

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