New Prosthetic Arm Looks And Acts Like A Tentacle (VIDEO)

12/21/2010 05:32 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Kaylen Kau's tentacle-shaped prosthetic limb has the science and technology community buzzing. The prosthetic works and looks like an octopus tentacle, and was designed to be used in place of the more conventional human hand.

The odd-looking tentacle has a simple and unique approach that challenges traditional ideas about how a prosthetic should function. Instead of working like a hand, the tentacle is meant to assist the good arm by curling around the desired object and offering a second grip.

And as far as aesthetics, "Some people think it looks really creepy, some people think it looks really awesome," Kau, who first created the prosthetic for a class assignment, said in a recent interview with KomoNews.

The prosthetic is controlled by two buttons mounted on the device, which tells the motor to increase or decrease the curl of the "tentacle."


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