And the winners are...

Thanks to everyone who participated! There were so many unique solutions for this impactful challenge. To pick the winners, the judges took an in-depth look at how each finalist stacked up in terms of Simplicity, Ease of Use, Suitability for Veterans, and Visual Appeal, and rated them from 1 to 10 in each category (10 being criteria fulfilled, 1 being unfulfilled). Congratulations to the winners!

GrabCAD and VA Center for Innovation

1st Place VA Innovation Prosthetic Attachment Challenge Winner
The Creative by david-1957

The Creative

High marks for the design of a complete system of a prosthetic and interchangeable attachments. This system is simple, versatile and appears validated with a build and test. The docking and undocking mechanism is smooth, simple and quick. The designer also considered manufacturability and cost in his design.

Simplicity: 10
Ease of use: 9
Suitability for veterans: 10
Visually pleasing: 9

VA Center for Innovation

2nd Place VA Innovation Prosthetic Attachment Challenge Winner
Enrapture 2.0 by john--510

Enrapture 2.0

Design is simple, durable and aesthetically pleasing as a serious "tool." While it is not a general purpose hand, it is well designed in form and function for shop work.

Simplicity: 9
Ease of use: 8
Suitability for veterans: 10
Visually pleasing: 8

VA Center for Innovation

3rd Place VA Innovation Prosthetic Attachment Challenge Winner
The Artist by marcus-92

The Artist

While this use case may seem niche, in keeping with the spirt of this challenge, the designer created something perfectly suited for a specific task. Two things set this design apart:
1. It demonstrates a keen understanding of form/function in the context of the user experience. The designer truly understood the use case and the user interface, and created a beautiful, intuitive and complete (with stand and brush holes) prosthetic that would very closely replicate the experience of a user with two hands.
2. The designer's appreciation for and inspiration to design for amputees who engage in the visual arts as hobby or therapy or both.
The designer should be encouraged to apply his understanding of human factors, user interface and task mechanics to other use cases.

Simplicity: 8
Ease of use: 9
Suitability for veterans: 9
Visually pleasing: 8

VA Center for Innovation

4th Place VA Innovation Prosthetic Attachment Challenge Winner
Assistive Accessories for Glucose Testing by bme.architecture.uva-1

Assistive Accessories for Glucose Testing

This design was an outlier as the only one to address common veteran healthcare issues and use cases. I wish more designs had been so keenly aware of common veteran use cases. With his design, the designer tackled a fine motor skill task - impressive. Additionally he created an immediate way to improve the overall health and wellbeing of veterans.

Simplicity: 8
Ease of use: 8
Suitability for veterans: 9
Visually pleasing: 8

VA Center for Innovation

5th Place VA Innovation Prosthetic Attachment Challenge Winner
SIMPLE HAND - SIMILAR HAND - (READ BROCHURE) by bruno.santarelli-1

SIMPLE HAND - SIMILAR HAND - (READ BROCHURE)

This design may not have gotten its due consideration from everyone because you really needed to download the brochure to understand it's brilliance. The way in which the fingers bend/grip and extend is so brilliant and simple. By stringing a single cable across all 5 fingers, the hand can apply uniform pressure across all 5 fingers to items of various shapes and sizes. As the designer states, this design approach could be covered with a more aesthetic exterior.

Simplicity: 9
Ease of use: 7
Suitability for veterans: 8
Visually pleasing: 8

VA Center for Innovation

6th Place VA Innovation Prosthetic Attachment Challenge Winner
HookHand Remixing Platform by arthur.hobden-1

HookHand Remixing Platform

This design is simple to produce, cost-effective, replicates natural anatomy, and is ingeniously expandable and adaptable. We love the bag carrying hook integrated into the palm and the placement of the hook opening towards the outside heel of the hand. The center receiving hole is adaptable via 3 different attachment methods or specialized attachments for several different use cases.

Simplicity: 6
Ease of use: 5
Suitability for veterans: 9
Visually pleasing: 10

VA Center for Innovation

7th Place VA Innovation Prosthetic Attachment Challenge Winner
SensoGrip Pressure Sensing Prosthetic Attachment by pierre.cerveau-1

SensoGrip Pressure Sensing Prosthetic Attachment

One of the few submissions to incorporate physical (and intuitive) user feedback in the design, via the cuff. This technology and design approach could be applied to many of the more hand-like attachments, and needs to be further flushed out with our encouragement beyond this challenge.

Simplicity: 3
Ease of use: 8
Suitability for veterans: 8
Visually pleasing: 7

VA Center for Innovation

9th Place VA Innovation Prosthetic Attachment Challenge Winner
The "GRAB CRAB" VA Challenge submission by a.b.ingram-1

The "GRAB CRAB" VA Challenge submission

This a complex and highly capable prosthetic. It seems to be both a multi-tool and general purpose gripping hand in one. The designer has demonstrated an amazing ability to integrate a large number of tasks and use cases into a single design.

Simplicity: 5
Ease of use: 3
Suitability for veterans: 9
Visually pleasing: 6

VA Center for Innovation

10th Place VA Innovation Prosthetic Attachment Challenge Winner
MODIFIED MS PROSTHETIC HAND by manish.shah-2

MODIFIED MS PROSTHETIC HAND

This a complex and highly capable prosthetic. It seems to be both a multi-tool and general purpose gripping hand in one. The designer has demonstrated an amazing ability to integrate a large number of tasks and use cases into a single design.

Simplicity: 5
Ease of use: 3
Suitability for veterans: 9
Visually pleasing: 6

VA Center for Innovation

We also want to recognize these amazing entries

Honorable Mention
Bikers Hand by mark.davies-5

Bikers Hand

Honorable Mention
Quick Disconnect Interface (Snappy Tools) by fred.co-1

Quick Disconnect Interface (Snappy Tools)

Honorable Mention
Mark I Talon by chris.chapman-7

Mark I Talon

Honorable Mention
Multi-Function attachment for a prosthetic arm by ayushman.talwar-1

Multi-Function attachment for a prosthetic arm

Honorable Mention
VA INNOV-entry 01-POWER GRIP by vener.b-1

VA INNOV-entry 01-POWER GRIP

Honorable Mention
Hunting Hand by t2.salve-1

Hunting Hand

Honorable Mention
Flex Grabber by ben.wagner-3

Flex Grabber
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