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A grade 11 pupil from the North West has invented a unique prosthetic hand for amputees who can't afford the more expensive version.

Farida Cajee, from Hoërskool Schweizer-Reneke, created a 3D-printed and cost-efficient prosthetic hand using plastic bottles.

Cajee says her innovation was a part of a science project entered for the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists.

Prosthetic limbs are among the most expensive medical needs in the country, the 18-year-old says.

Cajee explains that her more affordable invention is connected to an electroencephalograph headset that measures brainwaves.

That way, the prosthetic limb can be mind-controlled, translating brain signals into movements.

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Posted by Farida Cajee: Mind controlled, 3D printed prosthetic limbs on Sunday, 25 August 2019

The young learner says her aim was not only to win the competition but to make an impactful change too.

I decided that, why don't I make a difference instead of just trying to win a competition.

Farida Cajee, pupil at Schweizer-Reneke High

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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : SA teen invents cost-efficient prosthetic hand that uses mind control tech

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