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Prosthetic Arm Prototype, BamBam Prosthetic and Orthotic System, 2012

This is a Prosthetic Arm Prototype. It was designed by Nicholas Richardson.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Nicholas Richardson as part of Beautiful Users.

It is dated 2012. Its medium is bamboo, cotton laces.

BamBam is a concept for an accessible adjustable prosthetic system designed for people living in agricultural communities. 80% of all people with amputations live in developing countries, where even used or obsolete prosthetics are expensive and scarce. Richardson experimented with recycled bottles and 3D printing before hitting on bamboo, a material that is strong, light, cheap, and locally grown. An adjustable cuff connects to various tools, including a rake, broom, and shovel. A canvas sleeve reinforced with bamboo ribs secures the prosthetic to the user’s amputation limb.

It is credited Courtesy of the designer.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 91.4 x 10.2 x 17.8 cm (36 x 4 x 7 in.)

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

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