Friday Squid Blogging: Prosthetic Tentacle


Designed for a class project while getting her degree at the Industrial Design Department at the University of Washington, Kaylene Kau has not only exploded perceptions of how prosthetic arms should look, but sent an entire subset of Japanese Hentai fans to their feet, cheering her on. If that’s not worth an employer’s attention, I don’t know what is. Good luck designing the future, Kaylene!

Posted on December 17, 2010 at 4:48 PM12 Comments


Ian Mason December 17, 2010 5:37 PM


I’ve always said, should I be unfortunate enough to lose an arm, that I’d opt for the classic pirate hook. I’ve changed my mind, now I want a tentacle.

Dave Aronson December 18, 2010 1:07 PM

@Beta: I think they do mean hentai. I’m told that tentacles are fairly common there. Even if that’s untrue, tentacle hentai is at least a very common meme.

Kate Pitrone December 19, 2010 7:16 AM

It needs the opposable thumb. If the last segment of the tentacle was split for pinching — to be able to grasp the key it can dangle, and insert that in a lock — it would improve the design for utility.

Clive Robinson December 20, 2010 12:19 PM

@ Bruce,

Breaking news in the UK there have been arrests in four UK citties of a number of men (some Bangladeshie). Supposadly they where plotting a major series of attacks in the UK on behalf of AQ.

Although apparently not related to Sweden or other recent terrorist activity.

So very little info so far

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