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Brighton Web Dev Meetup: A 3D-Printed Bionic Hand, A Little IOT & A Xamarin Mobile App

Tue 15 Dec 2020
19:00 - 20:30
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About the event

Brighton Web Dev Meetup: A 3D-Printed Bionic Hand, A Little IOT & A Xamarin Mobile App image

A 3D printed Bionic Hand, a little IOT and a Xamarin Mobile App - Cliff Agius

This month we are going to have a slightly different presentation, and after what has been a challenging year for all of us, I thought it would be nice for our last event of 2020, before the Christmas holidays, to have a really feel-good event. I have had this talk highly recommended to me by several friends who saw it last year, so I hope you will all enjoy it too.

Our Talk:

Meet Kayden, a local 14yr old young man and close family friend, who was born with no left forearm and hand. The National Health Service (NHS) is an amazing service in the UK, however, their prosthetic provision is both basic and expensive (to the NHS).

Surely with modern technology, we can not only improve the lives of young people like Kayden but also demonstrate how we can do it more cost-effectively than current options?

This talk details how Cliff set about building on the wonderful work of the OpenBionics team to provide Kayden with an alternative to the NHS prosthesis.

We'll discuss:

  • How 3D printing of parts for the hand can be much more effective (cost and function) than fibreglass moulds
  • Using home 3D printing we can create a viable articulated hand
  • Using off the shelf commodity IoT boards from Adafruit can be used to program the hand (and how this is more viable than alternative approaches)
  • Creating a Xamarin application to connect via Bluetooth and provide customisation and control options for the hand
  • How this option can reduce the costs from £000's to several hundred £s and is being done as an Open Source project which will feedback to the bigger project.

Attendees will learn about and see demos of:

  • The 3D printed hand and related components
  • Programming of the IoT board and sensors
  • Creation of the Xamarin application to customise the hand.
  • Bluetooth connectivity options.
  • Please note: Kayden and his family have given express permission to use his name and images for this talk.

About our speaker

Cliff Agius is a senior first officer with a Major UK Airline on one of its newest jets the 787 Dreamliner. He had a passion for flying from an early age, although his earlier career was spent as an apprentice at the Ford Motor Company and then a Project Engineer covering Electrical/Software/Robot engineering in major automotive brands. However his drive, focus and determination was always to become a pilot and Cliff achieved this goal a number of years ago and has had a very successful career as a long-haul pilot.

When not flying, Cliff spends his time huddled over his laptop thrashing the keyboard and working on projects from embedded systems to .Net. Personal challenges are always part of Cliff’s spare time and as well as continuing to design computer software, and Cliff is busy with family life of a Wife, 3 Boys and 2 dogs and is also a keen cyclist, with the Alps Passporte’s challenge as next year’s goal.

About the hosts

If you build for the web, whether just for a hobby or professionally, then this meetup is designed for you. We don't have a specific agenda, but we organize monthly events where we chat about all things web.