Designer Dani Clode created The Third Thumb, a 3D-printed robotic thumb prosthetic, to extend the way we think about disabilities and prosthetics — as extensions of existing capabilities, whatever they are, and augmentations of humanity.
Exploring Human Augmentation
Royal College of Art (RCA) graduate student Dani Clode wants to change the way that people think about prosthetics, and she’s designed and created The Third Thumb to make that happen. Stick with me, it’s really cool.
The Third Thumb is a 3D-printed prosthetic that allows you to do whatever you’d normally do with an opposable thumb, but an extra one. “The origin of the word ‘prosthesis’ meant ‘to add, put on to,’ so not to fix or replace, but to extend,” Clode said to Dezeen. “The Third Thumb is inspired by this word origin, exploring human augmentation and aiming to reframe prosthetics as extensions of the body.”