Faced with the problem of an outdated prosthetics market that primarily aims to replicate the “natural” human grip and the physical appearance of the human hand, my collaborators and I conceptualized Adaptool, a modular prosthetic design that aims to empower amputees like never before.
Combining myoelectric sensors that gauge when people are contracting their muscles with a port designed to allow different tools to connect directly to a user's arm, Adaptool essentially acts as a modular plug-and-play prosthetic. In turn, this means that tool designers can create products that operate without needing to worry about prosthetic-to-tool interaction. Take for example the screwdriver: with Adaptool, the user would be able to simply contract their arm muscles and turn their arm into a power drill rather than having to clamp or adhere their tool to their prosthetic and repeatedly turn a traditional screwdriver. And while this idea obviously has great implications for disabled people's right to work, it also has potential to increase their overall quality of life.