Thanks to a growing network of designers and engineers who been actively donating their time, energy and 3D printers towards the development of low-cost (or free) customized prosthetic devices, those who rely on the devices have never had as many options as they do today. Among others, e-NABLE has been actively establishing a global network of volunteers to connect designers and engineers with those in need – particularly children who are still growing and need to replace their prosthetic device every few years as they continue to grow.

Now, young prosthesis wearers who want to take things a step further and customize their devices for a variety of tasks just might be able to thanks to a new LEGO-compatible prosthetic system created by Umeå Institute of Design student Carlos Arturo Torres.

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Carlos’ ‘IKO’ Creative Prosthetic System ingeniously bridges the worlds of creative play and assistive devices into a completely hackable platform that rivals even the most effective of STEM learning tools – particularly because the resulting designs are actual working real-world products that are used by a real, breathing person.

The platform, which was designed and built during his time as an intern at the LEGO Future Lab, consists of a docking station, a rechargeable battery, a socket and a variety of hand and muscle function design modules. Similar to a LEGO Mindstorms kit, the modules can be swapped in and out as needed to create a design with specific functions.

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Be sure to check out the rest of the talented designer’s work by heading over to his portfolio site.

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Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.