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3D Printed Prosthetic Arm!

September 26, 2015

One of our big clients, Daiya Industry,  has just produced a 3D printed prosthetic arm which will be released in less than 2 weeks. I think the image caption below gives you the quickest info.

“A new 3D printed prosthetic arm that is controlled by the users own nerves and muscles is on display on September 21, 2015 in Okayama, Japan. The prosthetic arm ‘Finch’ that can be mass-produced by 3D printers has been developed by Daiya Industry Co., Ltd. in collaboration with the teams of Professor Shunji Yamanaka of the University of Tokyo, Associate Professor Masahiro Yoshikawa of Nara Institute of Science and Technology, and Dr. Noritaka Kawashima of National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities. The Finch also features an adjustable socket as opposed to the socket custom-made by molding, which enables the cost to be much less than the traditional prosthesis. Finch will debut as a product on October 7, 2015 at the International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition, and be available for order at around 100,000 yen (approx. 826 USD).”

It is a pretty exciting development in prosthesis. It is even more exciting to think that this was done locally in the city we are based in.

The unit just slides on and requires no custom fabrication.  there is a small sensor that is placed on the arm which gives the user control over the pinching mechanism.

In the near future the arm will apparently come in a variety of colors which gives some choice to potential users. In the end this was another cool assignment for Getty Images. These editorial commissions are some of our favorite jobs. You can see more of our editorial work here.

Be sure to follow us on facebook as we will have some video from this assignment online next week.

 

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It is a great pleasure to announce this news. In the fall we were contacted by the European Energy Bureau about creating some custom light painting images to go with the release of the new European energy label. It proved to be a really fun project and you can see some of how they were used here. The press release for the new energy symbol is here.
First up was to make some light painting tool that would create something similar to the energy symbol the European Energy Bureau uses to grade various products on their energy efficiency.
We started with color matching the symbol

A 110 volt AC powered LED bar was used as the base light

The set up was powered with a portable lithium battery

A stencil was needed to create the arrow shapes in the energy symbol

The finished set up looking pretty crappy but it certainly did the job

Shooting various patterns on black would give ideal elements for them to overlay other photos.

As well as the above designs we created a variety of headers and banner images for their various SNS channels and website.

All in all a very fun project that we are proud to be a part of. For those who missed the links at the top of the article you can see  how they were used here.  The press release for the new energy symbol is here.
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