In my high-tech public relations life (one of my various lives), I was asked to write a press release in conjunction with a company that sells 3D printers. Afterward, a film maker contacted me who is documenting some amazing applications of this technology. He told me about an industrial designer who is using these solutions to create outrageously beautiful bio prosthetics.
Not long ago, if you lost a limb, that was it, you were confined to a wheel chair the rest of your life. You were not running marathons, swinging your children in the air on the beach, or joining the cast of “Dancing With the Stars.” It is enough that I have been, in the last five or ten years, extraordinarily impressed that people with prosthetics can carry on with their lives, walk, dance, run and jump almost as they did before. And now, thanks to the vision of some outrageously talented designers—in the regular public sector, yet, not even in the healthcare sector—prosthetics can be gorgeous works of modern art, transforming their owners and delivering dignity back to their spirits. I adore seeing their functionality not just refortified, but augmented in a unique way that will be available only to people in their circumstances.
Now and then, in the midst of the insanity of my job, I am reminded that the high-tech sector is creating a world of capability that moments ago was pure science fiction. On those days, a thrill goes through me knowing I am even a small part of this industry.
As designer Scott Summit describes, he is not so much rebuilding missing limbs as “recreating a sense of self” for amputees.
Take a look. This is wild stuff.
Brian Federal is the film maker who produced this video. He has entitled his initiative 3D Printing Revolution, and is leading a campaign to educate students in the public schools about these technologies. A shout out also to MakerBot, one of the leaders in 3D printing solutions.
Help spread the word, people. Share. Adoption of emerging technology requires public acceptance.