How can we help a child that faces everyday challenges with a disability? My answer is to give them the most awesome prosthetic hand, and raise their self esteem to Super Hero Levels. The vision was to create a hand, so that a child can have something that solves a mechanical challenge, is affordable, and mostly Looks Awesome!
It had to look awesome
It had to perform awesome
Hide all the strings, so nothing distracts from the magic.
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
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Pat Starace has the ability to take ideas to a very high level while keeping the ultimate design and engineering as efficient and elegant as possible. His background in animation mixed with all sorts of fabrication and embedded systems experience makes his work really unique. I loved the look and felt positive emotions as soon as I saw the first few seconds of the video, and I also got an extra boost when I saw the Adafruit NeoPixel ring (cool, I use those!). There is something great about getting that feeling of accomplishment vicariously through another maker’s project. It goes beyond the “I wish I had made that” to “I’m so glad that Pat made that,” because it is something that will make the world just that much better.
Thanks to Pat and thanks to all the contributors who made the concepts and components that brought this and all other open projects to fruition.