This was just too cool not to share.
When Carlos Torres started designing his IKO Creative Prosthetic System, he hoped to do more than create just another artificial limb. He wanted something that would excite kids and help combat the social isolation the disabled often suffer alongside their physical injuries. To that end, he created a functional prosthetic arm that doubles as a Lego toy-set.
I have written before about wearables. They are a nice toy, but in general they don’t really do anything particularly useful, at least not with the current technology. This week, I read about a great application in health care, and I think it works.
Drugmaker Biogen Idec is exploring ways to use fitness trackers to gather data from people who suffer from multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.
A population very likely to get a lot out of wearables might surprise you. Blue collar workers. Think about it. Imagine a maintenance worker in a factory. What kinds of activities might she need a computer for? Searching for help in a database, pulling up wiring diagrams, order a part (before forgetting what the model number is), contacting a co-worker for assistance, and on and on. This article from the October Fortune describes several great examples…