- The Belarusian Sergei Galtsev, a captain in the Soviet Army, lost his arm in an explosion at a shooting range. His son Oleg was then four years old. Now, almost thirty years after the accident, tests father Galtsev an artificial arm developed by his son in the basement of his home.
'We wanted to develop a simple and affordable dentures,' the now 32-year-old Oleg explains. Two years ago, the software developer decided together with engineer Sergei Arafjev to develop an artificial arm. 'It's like Lego, designed for people who do not feel at ease with electronics: you just have to click the pieces together. '
The design of Galtsev and Arafjev is more than ten times cheaper than prostheses of large companies. The only difference is that the design is not controlled by special sensors.
Galtsev father says the accident in which he lost his arm, his whole world upside down. But he has new opportunities with his new arm. 'It's a wonderful thing and many people can benefit from it,' he said after the first test. 'I sawn timber, mowed the grass and some other chores done around the house. '