Teen Builds A Prosthetic Arm With LEGO Bricks

Is there nothing you can’t create with LEGO bricks? They’ve proven to be invaluable when it comes to casting, prototyping and constructing models for various creative and scientific projects, plus they’re a cornerstone of basic robotics.

And now David Aguilar, a teen with some serious mechanical skills who is the focus of this Great Big Story, has used LEGO bricks to build himself a prosthetic arm:

Ever since he was a kid, David Aguilar was obsessed with Lego. He spent his childhood building cars, planes, helicopters, and eventually, his own prosthetic. Born with a deformed arm, the self-named “Hand Solo” decided to take his Lego-building skills to the next level. At age 18, he perfected his designs with the MK2, a prosthetic arm with the ability to bend and pick up objects with a pincer-like grip. Now, he’s the coolest kid on the block.