Alternative Infant Hand Prosthesis
Authors: Ariana Espindola, Andy Duong, Jonathan Hamilton, Alsafa Abdulhameed
Advisor: Matthew Leineweber
Fitting an infant for a prosthetic as early as 3 months can promote symmetrical muscle development as well as greatly improve the infant’s motor and visuals skills. However, the prosthetics developed for infants are mainly mechanically functional and ignore human factors such as aesthetics that encourage parental adherence to using the device on their children. Here, we aim to produce a functional, lifelike prosthetic hand, for infants between 3 and 9 months old that is a cost-effective alternative to current products. Molding techniques and a shape memory wire frame skeleton will be used in the development of the device. We anticipate that our design and prototype may lead to advanced insight in infant prosthetic design. Overall, this may expand the options for parents seeking a prosthetic device that is not only mechanically functional, but is realistically aesthetic for their infant.