A 3D printed extra thumb is designed to spark debate about the way we see prosthetics. Stuart McDill reports.
Ever thought you needed more thumbs? No, me neither - but then I'm not Dani Clode, designer of the Third Thumb. It's a 3D printed thought piece designed to spark discussion. SOUNDBITE (English) DANI CLODE, DESIGNER OF THE THIRD THUMB, SAYING: "It's an exploration into human extension and human augmentation, as well as better understanding the connection that develops between body and prosthetic technology." The thumb straps on a like a wrist watch and is controlled wirelessly by sensors worn in your shoes. Two motors connected to cables instead of muscles pull against the natural resistance of a flexible 3D printed material - dispensing with the hinges that prosthetic thumbs normally have. SOUNDBITE (English) DANI CLODE, DESIGNER OF THE THIRD THUMB, SAYING: "First off I did come across the origin of the word prosthesis and I found that it meant in addition to so I really like this idea of reframing prosthetics as extensions to the body rather than anything that fixes or replaces because I think that's really important and a lot of people view it as a way of fixing somebody but we're not, we're just extending their current ability of their body." UPSOT - promo video / Laughter Clode says she's fascinated by the human hand and wanted to experience for herself the relationship between a wearer and their prosthetic. SOUNDBITE (English) DANI CLODE, DESIGNER OF THE THIRD THUMB, SAYING: "Some wearers see it as a tool, as an everyday tool that they need and they use and then other people name their prosthetic and they have a different kind of relationship and it is that big gradient between that really unique relationship between a prosthetic and the body that I wanted to try and understand." There are no plans to market the Third Thumb - Clode sees it more as a catalyst for discussion.