I’m not sure what surprises me more, the amazingly functional prosthetic finger design Colin Macduff created out of bicycle parts, or how incredulous the news reporter was that he “drew on his love of bicycling, of all things?” Many cyclists I know are all tinkerers and MacGyvers in their own rights, but Colin gets some serious credit for creating such a simple, yet effective replacement for someone who has lost a finger. With only 3 moving parts, Colin has secured a patent for his design and is currently fitting patients who come to him for a new grip on life. Presumably each prosthetic is custom since size and shape would depend on which finger and the person’s hand size and KOMO news is reporting that each finger takes around 10-12 weeks to craft – the cost of which is usually picked up completely by the patients insurance.
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