Guy Builds His Own Impressive Prosthetic Arm Out of LEGO

There are a number of reasons why someone might be familiar with a man named David Aguilar, who comes from the microstate of Andorra on the Iberian Peninsula. For example, some people might be familiar with him because he is a DJ while using the name “Hand Solo.” In contrast, other people might have heard of him because of their interest in Lego, seeing as how he is one of the numerous people out there who share that particular interest. With that said, it is important to note that there are few people out there who can match the sheer extent of Aguilar’s interest in Lego, as shown by the fact that he has built a fully-functional prosthetic arm using Lego blocks.

In short, Aguilar was unfortunate enough to have been born with an underdeveloped right arm. However, he has not let that stop him from indulging in his interest in Lego, as shown by the fact that he has been completing various Lego projects of note ever since he was a child. Examples include but are not limited to cars, planes, and helicopters. However, there can be no doubt that the most incredible example is the prosthetic arm that he has built for himself using Lego blocks.

Aguilar has been interested in building prosthetics since he was a child. While his earlier efforts bear little resemblance to their modern counterpart, each example helped him refine his ideas, culminating in a fully-functional prosthetic arm by the time he was 18. However, that wasn’t the end of it, seeing as how he has just announced the completion of a second prosthetic arm in February of 2018, which has been improved on its predecessor by being made capable of lifting much heavier weights. Said prosthetic arm is capable of bending as well as picking up a wide range of objects with its powerful grip, which is impressive enough that a lot of people are wondering what interesting new projects Aguilar will present to the world in the future.

What Is the Current State of Prosthetics?

On a related note, Aguilar’s success is a reminder that the technologies behind prosthetic arms have come a very long way in recent years, so much so that what was once science fiction is now either within reach or already here. For proof, look no further than the fact that scientists have come up with a way to let people control prosthetic arms by using their minds. To be more exact, these new prostheses are controlled using nerve signals, meaning that the users can control them by imagining their movements. This is a huge step-up compared to most current models, which are controlled by flexing muscles in either the arm or the chest. However, this puts a serious limit on the number of controls that can be programmed into current prostheses, meaning that the new technologies enabling control via nerve signals promises to provide a wider range of movements than ever before. Combined with the more and more refined movements that are being introduced on a constant basis, it seems clear that modern prostheses are becoming closer and closer to the real thing. Considering what Aguilar has already achieved on his own, it will be interesting to see whether he will ever get involved with companies that specialize in making prostheses as well as whether he will ever have a role in taking the industry as a whole to the next level.

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