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Prosthetic Hand, Modular Prosthetic Limb (MPL) v. 1.0

This is a Prosthetic hand. It was designed by Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab and Hunter Defense Technologies and manufactured by Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab and Hunter Defense Technologies.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab as part of Beautiful Users.

It is dated 2009. Its medium is aluminum, steel, printed circuit boards, select polymers.

The MPL has 26 moving, articulated joints—nearly as many as the human hand. A person with an amputation can control the device from sensors placed against the skin of their remaining limb, which moves when electrical impulses (myoelectricity) from skeletal muscles command it to move. People with paralysis or ALS have been able to control the device using electrodes plugged into the brain.

It is credited Courtesy of JHU Applied Physics Lab.

  • Coat (France)
  • silk embroidery on silk foundation, silk lining.
  • Gift of Mrs. Edward C. Post.
  • 1913-33-1

Our curators have highlighted 7 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Poster, addo-x
  • offset lithograph on white wove paper.
  • Gift of Anonymous Donor.
  • 1994-109-7
  • Trans... Chair Armchair
  • wicker, iron, found objects (plastic, rubber).
  • Commissioned from the designers by Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.
  • 2007-46-1

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 3.8 x 10.2 x 20.3 cm (1 1/2 in. x 4 in. x 8 in.)

We have 1 video that features Prosthetic Hand, Modular Prosthetic Limb (MPL) v. 1.0.

Modular Prosthetic Limb Demo Video

A demonstration showing what the Modular Prosthetic Limb can do: controlled movements, small object manipulation, tool manipulation and clothes pin manipulation.

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Beautiful Users.

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