Creating 3D-printed superhero arms for young amputees

Artificial intelligence student Jason Micallef, whose fascination with robotic prostheses, similar to those used in super hero films and digital games, started from a young age. Photo: Mark Zammit Lupi A student is designing a 3D-printed prosthetic which monitors blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen levels and general health. Claire Caruana met him. Children with amputated limbs could soon have their own custom-made arms inspired by their favourite super hero, thanks to artificial intelligence student Jason Micallef. Mr Micallef is in the process of designing and building arms that are built using a 3D printer embedded with electric components that connect to the users’ muscles. The process will also allow to model the arm on real super-heroes. The 20-year-old Master’s degree student told The Sunday Times of Malta that his fascination…

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