The 3D printing technology may be the next big thing for prosthetics science as open-source 3-D printing templates are available on the internet. This means that anyone with a 3-D printer will be able to download models, adjust, and improve them without charge. Since owning a prosthetic limb is quite expensive, this method of creating functional and affordable parts will definitely change the future.
A two-year-old husky-mutt named Derby was born without fully-formed front paws. Thanks to new prosthetics created by 3D Systems he can sit, stand, run and play just like any other dog.
Researchers from Iowa State University have given a cat named Vincent new hope of leading a normal life with the help of unique prosthetics.
A robotic drumming prosthesis created for drummer, Jason Barnes, essentially transforms him into a drumming cyborg. Built by Professor Gil Weinberg, of the Georgia Tech Lab, the robot has a motor which powers two drumsticks, and can be attached to humans. The first stick is controlled by the musicians' arms and electronically uses electromyography muscle sensors (EMG). The second stick basically "listens" to the tune being played and improvises.