Prosthetic Limbs Get Bionic Upgrade
Life as a young amputee is full of challenges, but an innovative UK company has found a way to offer these kids an exciting and unique opportunity: bionic limbs. With the help of the creative teams at Marvel, Lucasfilm, and other Disney companies (not to mention royalty free licenses), Open Bionics has designed a series of movie-themed prosthetic hands that will make amputees the envy of their classmates.
This project is the brain child of Joel Gibbard, the 25-year-old engineer who founded Open Bionics. This time last year, he became the first person to successfully fit an amputee with a 3D scanned and 3D printed robotic hand. This feat resulted in a partnership with Techstars Disney Accelerator, a company that helps “today’s technology innovators turn their dreams for new media and entertainment experiences into reality.”
Open Bionics has now confirmed three Disney-themed products—the Iron Man hand (“hot out of Tony Stark’s workshop”), the Frozen-inspired Snowflake hand, and the Star Wars Lightsaber hand—with more options on the way. “Now kids can get excited about their prosthetics,” the company explains on its website. “They’re not just getting medical devices, they’re getting bionic hands inspired by their favourite characters.”