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Two Belarusian Men invent simple and inexpensive Prosthetic Arm in Europe that can be made at Home

The mechanical arm looks nothing like the sophisticated prosthetic arm, but it is affordable, easy to assemble and does not require much maintenance


October 21, 2016: Oleg Galtsev, a graduate from the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) of the U.S. Embassy in Belarus, is launching the first bionics startup in Belarus. The programmer has created a “smart” prosthetic arm that costs almost 10 times less than an alternative product from Germany.

Oleg was four years old when his father Sergei, a former soviet army captain, lost his arm in an explosion on a military firing range. Almost 30 years later, Sergei, now 53, is using a prosthetic arm designed by his son and a fellow engineer in the basement of their home. They gave him the prosthetic arm to test for three weeks. He used it to cut the grass and do many other things in the field.

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The mechanical arm looks nothing like the sophisticated prosthetic arm, but it is affordable, easy to assemble and does not require much maintenance. It does not have sense of controls. It is like Lego designed for people who are not at ease with electronics. They just take cheap models and put them together themselves. Oleg says it took them 2 years to design the prosthetic arm. They used a 3-D printer to create some parts and bought other online.

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According to the inventor, the turning movement makes the fingers open and close. The angles can be adjusted and programmed. Oleg and his partner did not patent the device and they have published do-it-yourself instructions online. They say it is 10 times cheaper than the other mechanical prosthesis. Sergei says he can now perform many outdoor tasks such as sawing with the chainsaw which he could not do before.

He said, “I am proud that my son decided to tackle this problem. There are many people who really need this device in their daily life”. Videos of the test have sparked worldwide interest on YouTube says the young inventor who aims to spark a do-it-yourself revolution in prosthetics.

Now, he is planning to make the arm available around the globe and working on it to refine the structure so that a person of any age group can use them.

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  • Antara

    Incredible invention!

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?