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Albert Manero and a team of engineering students at University of Central Florida designed a prototype for an electronic arm. Six-year-old Alex Pring was the first recipient. Rather than profiting from the designs, the students uploaded them to the Internet for anyone to use.
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The first thing Alex did when he got his arm was hug his mother. Microsoft has highlighted Alex and the UCF team in a social media campaign called The Collective Project, which celebrates students using technology to change the world.
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Ivan Owen, co-designer of the first 3D printed prosthetic hand and a designer for the E-Nable community, instructs students at a Build-a-Thon at the University of Central Florida. The students produced 60 robotic hands for a pediatric rehab clinic in San Antonio, Texas.