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Designer uses LEGO to build prosthetics for kids injured by land mines


Columbian designer Carlos Torres has developed bionic arms that are compatible with LEGO toys for children who have lost their limbs in land mine disasters.

In Columbia, which is home to a violent conflict between the government and rebel forces, thousands of children have lost either an arm or a leg in random incidents of violence.

Carlos wanted to help these children so he created a 3D printed prosthetic, which is currently in testing, that has a module that lets children attach the bionic hand and LEGO parts with a simple movement. The battery-powered device can be charged.

Each prosthetic system costs up to US $5,000 to make, which is far cheaper than similar prosthetics.

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