Bionic 3D-Printed Arm Is About To Change Thousands Of Lives
Prosthetic arms just got so much cooler. And affordable. And just all-around awesome, thanks to Open Bionics.
Recently released in the UK, Open Bionics’ “Hero Arm” is changing the robotics prosthetic game for good. The arm is 3D-printed and medically approved, giving folks with disabilities a new reason to be proud of who they are.
The lightweight device is also completely customizable and was built specifically for people lacking a limb below the elbow. The “Hero Arm” is personally made to fit its owner and boasts being lightweight, strong, and long-lasting. The fine motor skills on the arm are also incredible, as those who use it have been able to pick up tiny objects, like marbles, with ease.
The Hero Arm offers proportional control and posable limbs, which basically means it can move its wrists and individual finders while picking up fragile things, like an egg. It also has a “freeze mode” that allows the arm to work statically.
Behind Open Bionics
Open Bionics designed the Hero Arm to “turn disabilities into superpowers.” The creators of this revolutionary prosthetic wanted to make a bionic limb that looked good and felt good – something people can be proud of, rather than a product that induces shame.
Open Bionics has even produced superhero-themed prosthetic arms in the style of Iron Man, Star Wars, and Disney’s Frozen.
Another perk of this revolutionary prosthetic is its affordability. The Hero Arm is estimated to cost around roughly £2,000, or just under $2,400 USD. This is pretty incredible, as other highly advanced prosthetic limbs can cost upward of $100,000. The secret behind why it’s so affordable? All its products are 3D printed. Still not convinced of its awesomeness? Take a look at the video below and see for yourself.
Yep, totally super-hero worthy.
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