Hello Handy – A 3D printed Bionic hand, a little IoT and Xamarin

17 Sep 2019

6:30 pm Kinetic Solutions, 249, Silbury Boulevard, Milton Keynes



Hello Friends!

It is my great pleasure to host my good friend, Clifford Agius for the September meetup
Cliff returns to MK.NET to talk about a heart warming project involving a 3D printed bionic hand he created to help a friend.

Meet Kayden, a local 14yr old young man and close family friend, who was born with no left forearm and hand.

The National Health Service (NHS) is an amazing service in the UK, however their prosthetic provision is both basic and expensive (to the NHS).

Surely with modern technology we can not only improve the lives of young people like Kayden but also demonstrate how we can do it more cost effectively than current options.

This talk details how I set about building on the wonderful work of the OpenBionics team to provide Kayden with an alternative to the NHS prosthesis.
We’ll discuss:

– How 3D printing of parts for the hand can be much more effective (cost and function) than fibre glass moulds

– Using home 3D printing we can create a viable articulated hand

– Using off the shelf commodity IoT boards from Adafruit can be used to program the hand (and how this is more viable than alternative approaches)

– Creating a Xamarin application to connect via Bluetooth and provide customisation and control options for the hand

– How this option can reduce the costs from £000’s to several hundred £s and is being done as an Open Source project which will feedback to the bigger project.

Please note: Kayden and his family have given express permission to use his name and images for this talk.

About Cliff:
Freelance Developer that just so happens to fly a Boeing 787 around the world.

Cliff is a senior first officer with a major UK Airline on one of its newest jets the 787 Dreamliner.
He has a passion for flying from an early age, although his earlier career was spent as an apprentice at the Ford Motor Company and then a Project Engineer covering Electrical/Software/Robot engineering in major automotive brands. However his drive, focus and determination was always to become a pilot.
When not flying the 787 he spends his time is spent huddled over his laptop thrashing the keyboard and working on some project from embedded systems to .Net.
Personal challenges are always part of Cliff’s spare time and as well as continuing to design computer software he is busy with family life of 3 boys and 2 dogs and is also a keen cyclist, with the Alps Passporte’s challenge as next year’s goal.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CliffordAgius

As usual, you shall be fed and watered 😀

Lightning talks are welcome.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

Layla & Shahid

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