Invention, Intellectual Property, and Income

Dissemination, License and Future Plans

FABsthetics is meant to be an open source prosthetic arm that anyone can replicate it. The forms of it dissemination will be through my personal website, and maybe in the future via workshops.

The selection of a license was a little bit tricky, but it was done after choosing specific features from which I wanted my work to be released. Those features were answering only two questions:

  • Do you allow adaptations of your work to be shared?
  • Do you allow commercial uses of your work?
  • In the first question the answer can be "yes", "no" or "yes, as long as others share alike". The answers for the second question can be either "yes" or "no". The combination of those answers give you another kind of license. Combination of these answers is illustrated below:

    Allow adaptations of your work to be?
    Allow commercial uses of your work? Yes No Yes, as long as others share alike
    Yes Attribution 4.0 International Attribution Non-Derivatives 4.0 International Attribution ShareAlike 4.0 International
    No Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 International Attribution NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Attribution NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International

    The license under which my work I would like to be published and further used by other people if that will be a consideration is Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International. I choose this license because I would like adaptations of my work to be shared in case the individual that makes the adaptations chooses to share alike (in my opinion that should be up to them). Also, as this project was initiated to give amputees an opportunity to replicate it and have access to it for free, I would not like this project to be used for commercial uses of any kind.

    I would like to develop my project more in the future in the content of the prosthetic hand to be able to do more than grabbing things with all the fingers closed. I would like to see the palm functioning like a real hand would do.

    Incomes from this project are expected indirectly such as job opportunities derived from all the knowledge I acquired during the course of the Fab Academy.