We’ve all had a moment where an extra pair of hands would have been incredibly useful, but who has ever wondered what they could do with just an extra thumb? London-based designer Danielle Clode not only wondered, but went on to build one. Her 3D-printed, foot-controlled, Third Thumb offers an insight into how prosthetics can do more than just replace disabled limbs, but actually extend our natural abilities.
The thumb is strapped to a hand and powered by a motor that sits like a small watch on the wearer’s wrist. The thumb is then controlled by two pressure sensors that sit under a person’s feet and connect up wirelessly via Bluetooth.
Clode’s intent with the design was to alter people’s perception of prosthetics. She wants the design to allow people to see prosthetics as more than simple limb or body replacements, but rather as devices that can extend our potential abilities.