Thank you to my friend Frances, who shared this story. It’s about a couple of guys who designed a simple mechanical robotic hand for people who are missing their fingers. It is so cheap it makes sense to make for children, even though they will grow out of them. And they put the design right out there, open source, on the web.
This has so many layers of wonderful. Take a look at their website – comingupshorthanded.com. Read the stories. Watch the videos. It will make your day.
Great Idea: Using a design originally for an art piece to solve a real need
Practical Step: Engineering! Prototypes! Communication! Open Source Distribution!