The 3D printing technology becomes perfect for making custom casts that suit a specific fracture of a specific person.
However, that wasn't enough for Mike North, who broke his leg recently. In an effort to achieve multi-functionality and freedom, he developed 3D printed adjustable 'smart cast' embedded with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth options.
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Mike North is familiar face to many and you might know him from the Science Channel's 'Outrageous Acts of Science' or his 'In The Making' series on YouTube.
The energetic and active inventor recently broke his fibula and was immediately confronted with the limitations of casts.
Patients are presented with only two options: you can either be fitted with a durable walking cast (like most people are), but then you won't be allowed to travel on planes due to swelling caused by pressure. Then there's option number two: a cast that has been cut in two and can be adjusted for swelling, but that is not solid enough to enable walking.
He also developed a very interesting concept, the BoomCast. Based on a scan of the inventor's own leg, the BoomCast is a custom-fitting cast that can be adjusted to enable air travel while still being strong enough to bear weight. As the name implies, the BoomCast has a boombox built right in.