Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Awesome Prosthetics Make Kids Feel Like Superheroes

prosthetics1.jpg

What an utterly brilliant idea.

All kids dream of being a superhero (quite a few adults too) and a new startup is hoping to make it a reality for children who need prosthetics.

Backed by Disney's Techstars Accelerator programme, the UK company Open Bionics is currently developing low-cost, 3D-printed prosthetics themed around Disney, Star Wars and Marvel franchises. Normally the devices are very expensive to manufacture, with many of the world's estimated two million amputees not lucky enough to have one.

Prosthetic

Disney has backed the development to the tune of $120,000 as well as exempting all royalties. The limbs will be controlled by muscle impulses, and utilise haptic feedback to tell the user the strength of the grip that the prosthetic is exerting.

CEO Joel Gibbard commented, "All of a sudden they’re not being asked how they lost their hand, they’re being asked where they got their cool robot hand, how does it feel, and how does it work?"

The website adds: "Now kids can get excited about their prosthetics. They won’t have to do boring physical therapy, they’ll train to become heroes. They’re not just getting medical devices, they’re getting bionic hands inspired by their favourite characters."

At the moment there are three models: Iron Man ("hot out of Tony Stark's workshop"), a lightsaber-influenced Star Wars one and a Frozen-style Snowflake hand. However, other models are also on the way, with the whole range expected to be released at the end of next year for around $500 each (£323).

Prosthetic

More


Related

1.jpg

Superb single-line sketches of Batman characters

1.jpg

Who causes more destruction in superhero movies: villain or hero?

captain-sesame.PNG

The Sesame Street parody of Avengers you didn't know you needed

Comments

More

TIME's new Donald Trump interview is very, very worrying

Just when you thought he'd changed...

by Emily Badiozzaman
07 Dec 2016

Your £5 note is worth £50,000 if it has this secret doodle

by Sam Rowe
07 Dec 2016

Revealed: why Chinese tourists were going to that Oxford village

This actually makes some sense

by Dave Fawbert
07 Dec 2016

Polish Christmas ad outfoxes John Lewis

The advert has clocked four million YouTube hits and is jerking tears worldwide

by Sam Rowe
07 Dec 2016

This is how to get 18 days off work with just 9 days holiday in 2017

Get booking now before everyone else realises

by Dave Fawbert
06 Dec 2016

Prosecco and mulled wine tea bags are here

Have yourself a very merry festive time

by Dave Fawbert
06 Dec 2016

Here are the reasons why people stay in miserable relationships

A new study has explained why miserable couples stay together

by Tom Fordy
06 Dec 2016

London is getting its first gin hotel this December

We speak to the geniuses behind the opening of Portobello Road's epic sleep over distillery

by Jamie Carson
06 Dec 2016

Nigel Farage shortlisted for TIME Magazine's 2016 Person of the Year

Adolf Hitler held the title in 1938, so there’s that

by Joe Ellison
06 Dec 2016

Here are the words that other countries use to describe relationships

All the terms that would be much better to describe your 'life partner'

by David Cornish
05 Dec 2016