Open Bionics, a startup out of the U.K. that makes bionic hands, figured out how to dramatically lower the cost of prosthetics using a combination of open-sourced 3D printing software and robotic sensors.
But the problem is even more prevalent worldwide and in developing countries that don’t often have access to expensive prosthetics. Hospital-grade myoelectric hands and limbs can cost up to $100,000 in some cases.
Open Bionics can produce its robotic hands in a matter of days and for a few thousand dollars. These hands are just as functional as more expensive prosthetics, but with a lighter, custom-fitted design so they are comfortable for the wearer, too.
The startup is part of the current Techstars Disney Accelerator program. I met up with CEO Joel Gibbard to check out Open Bionics’ robotic arm technology. Check out our discussion in the video above.