Devices are often too heavy to wear and tire the amputee out, so we've created a bionic hand that's half the weight of leading hands. Also, the only prosthetics available for children are hooks and cosmetics. These can aliena...
Devices are often too heavy to wear and tire the amputee out, so we've created a bionic hand that's half the weight of leading hands. Also, the only prosthetics available for children are hooks and cosmetics. These can alienate and scare young children. We've created bionic hands that are inspired by super-heroes so children can celebrate their limb differences. Ideally, we'd love to launch a range of 3D printed bionic hands that perform extra functions like lighting up, styled in a Disney character theme. Can you imagine how a young amputee would feel wearing a bionic Luke Skywalker hand in school? Suddenly their 'negative' difference becomes a source of pride. This is the future!
At the moment it takes an amputee at least 12 weeks to receive a custom-fit prosthetic hook or cosmetic (the only prosthesis offered on NHS). An amputee has to travel to a clinic for multiple appointments and have a plaster cast taken. We can 3D scan an amputee's residual limb in about five minutes and then print them a custom socket and bionic hand in under five days. By adopting new and cheaper technologies we can speed up the prosthetics industry, save amputees tens of thousands of pounds, and offer a functional device that will benefit millions of people. Our technology is for the masses not the few.
Open Bionics has won Limbless Association's 'Prosthetic Innovation of the Year' award, Intuit's 'Small Biz' award, is shortlisted for Nesta's 'Inclusive Tech Prize', and was recently named as one of the top 50 most influential robotics companies in the world, alongside Google.
Open Bionics has won 9 awards for innovative engineering including the James Dyson award and 'Best Product Innovation at CES'.
The Open Bionics team are wonderfully gifted and innovative. They've done so incredibly much for such a small team, and it's because every single person working at the company knows that what they are doing directly changes people's lives. Joel is ultra-talented and is a world-class problem solver, and Sammy is a strong cross-functional leader -- together they make an awesome founding team. I've had the privilege of working with the company since mid-2015 when we invested in them via Disney Accelerator powered by Techstars, and I strongly endorse them as a team and company that is going to change the world....they already are doing so now.
I'm the innovation manager at Bristol Robotics Laboratory and I run the BRL Technology Business Incubator. Its been great to see Open Bionics business develop from one (Joel) to many and their technology becoming increasingly capable and attractive. They are brilliant to work with - aspirational, communicate exceptionally well and do everything they say and more.