Replacing lost digits stirs innovative idea

Carley Petesch / The Associated Press
Published Sep 11, 2013 at 05:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM
Richard Van As, above, shows the workings of a digit that he has built for himself after losing four fingers to a circular saw two years ago. Van As also co-invented Robohand, a device made from cables, screws, 3-D printing and thermoplastic demonstrated by Dylan Laas, at left. Each Robohand costs about $500 to make.
Richard Van As, above, shows the workings of a digit that he has built for himself after losing four fingers to a circular saw two years ago. Van As also co-invented Robohand, a device made from cables, screws, 3-D printing and thermoplastic demonstrated by Dylan Laas, at left. Each Robohand costs about $500 to make.