This is amazing. Watch the video (it’s only 3 minutes). An inventor in Washington published schematics for printing a prosthetic hand. A family in Massachusetts found the instructions online and printed a copy for their son who had developmental issues with his hand growth in the womb.
The 3D printed hand cost ~$10 in supplies (you could also include the $300 cost for a Makerbot if you want). A prosthetic hand bought in retail medical supply costs $20,000.
I often like to talk about the contrast between bits and atoms. The internet excels at disrupting businesses that tax the flow of information, bits. The internet has more difficulty making progress in disrupting businesses that transact in atoms. This video is a great example of how the internet will affect atoms.
[hattip to harvest]
Today’s Moment of Zen comes from Harvest developer, Evan Walsh...