“Disney” alongside a UK based robotics company combined their strenght to create 3D-printed prosthetic arms which will get anyone excited.
Open Bionics had three types of hands designed: Elsa (Frozen) inspiration with glitter, an arm that looks like the one from “Iron Man” and the last design is the Star Wars themed hand which has the “Woosh” sound embededd within it alongside LED lights.
The Disney Accelerator program, allowed the Robotics company to use it’s designes for free. The entire thing is an initiative from “Disney” & Techstars to groom and grow innovation and creativity in the tech industry.
Talking about The Independent, Joel Gibbard, CEO of Open Bionics stated: “We’ve already had several requests for the lightsabre from people who aren’t kids.”
He also said: “The power of these prosthetics is that the public perception is completely different. 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? It completely flips the perception 180 degrees. What might have been perceived as their greatest weakness is seen as their greatest strength.”
The most staggering thing about these prosthetics is their relatively low price. Through the use of 3D printing, they’ve successfully reduced the price significantly rather than using the traditional methods. The prosthetics are supposed to cost within the $3000 band and are expected to be on sale by the end of 2016.
You have to admit though, the Star Wars hand looks really cool. Would you buy one?