e-NABLE: An open source design, a 3D printed prosthetic hand, and a very happy child
Not long ago, Richard Van As, a carpenter in need of a prosthetic hand, had an idea. He contacted a special effects artist and puppeteer, and began working on a prototype that would revolutionize how prosthetics are made for young adults. What came of that idea—an affordable, 3D printed prosthetic that moves and articulates like a robotic hand—simply would not exist without the collaborative work of a team of dedicated open source makers.
We felt this was open source thinking at its best. So we made a movie about it.
Stop by the Open Source Stories Theater at Red Hat Summit (Moscone West, Level 3) to see our award-winning short, e-NABLE: Open technology, faster progress.
The short, happy life of an open source iteration
In between development and release, there is a timetable that only open source thinking can provide: a quick, collaborative series of handoffs. In the case of the e-NABLE project, innovation began with the posting a napkin sketch on Twitter and led to delivering a 3D printed prosthetic to a waiting family. What would normally take years to implement was accomplished in a matter of months, and for a fraction of the price. Modifications? Even faster. Check out how this distributed team of passionate makers made quick work of an iterative improvement:
Award-winning filmmaking, thanks to our team of storytellers
Red Hat Films, always dedicated to the craft of filmmaking, entered e-NABLE at the West Chester Film Festival. Not only was it accepted into the event, it won Best Documentary. As proud as we are of this achievement, we know it would not have happened without the hard work and selfless collaboration from our co-makers: the Enable Community Foundation and opensource.com. Both organizations came together (in a very open manner) to help Red Hat Films craft a story that needed to be told.
Lend a hand: support open source, and support e-NABLE
An an open source believer, you’re already doing much to support projects like these. But there are even more direct ways to help wounded veterans, children with Amniotic Band Syndrome, or even teens who are just trying to fit in at school. Visit the e-NABLE Community Foundation’s Get Involved page, and find the way that works best for you.
|THEATER DETAILS||Open Source Stories Theater
Moscone West, Level 3
Open daily, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
|Girl Develop It meet and greet
Thu Jun 30, 4:30 p.m.
Corinne Warnshuis, Girl Develop It