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Giving a Hand to those with Disabilities | Mahonri Owen | TEDxRuakura
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Added Sep 16, 2016
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Mahonri talks about his journey triggered by a desire to help others.

Unsure how he could contribute to others, Mahonri found himself studying engineering. It all finally fell into place after he stumbled across a project to engineer a brain controlled prosthetic hand.

The theme of TEDx Ruakura 2016 was Morphosis.

Mahonri Owen is in his final stages of a Masters in Engineering at the University of Waikato, and is the recipient of a Health Research Council Māori PhD Scholarship.

“Life is never the same when you lose a hand or any body part for that matter – through injury, or warfare, genetic dysfunction or illness,”

The hand works by using intuitive actions related to natural, everyday human movements. Known as a neural interface, patients are more likely to accept the prosthetic device.

“The trauma and pain that accompanies the loss of a limb is hard to overcome, physically and mentally and if my research can make recovery easier, then I’ll be very happy.”

Amputees often have difficulty performing simple day to day tasks, meaning Mahonri’s work in developing robotic prosthetics has exciting potential for improving patient quality of life.

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