Location: United Kingdom
The worlds first medically certified 3D prosthesis is custom-built, lightweight and powerful.
Certain diseases, accidents and some conditions present from birth can lead to amputations or limb abnormalities. This can affect the day-to-day lives of those people in so many ways. A prosthesis can help regain some function but these can be expensive, have limited functions, and be uncomfortable.
Open Bionics is a Bristol-based company that has pioneered the development of the Hero Arm, the world’s first medically certified a 3D-printed bionic arm. It’s lightweight at around 1Kg, more affordable and multi-functional with numerous grips. These include a fist, hook, pinch, thumbs-up, tripod and a freeze mode.
The Hero Arm works through the use of specialised sensors which detect muscle movements to which the bionic hand can respond intuitively. These specialised sensors are placed in the best location for the individual as part of the bespoke process. The arm provides feedback to the user through haptic vibrations, lights and sounds as required. It can be customised with different covers, has a lithium battery to deliver all-day use and is currently available in the UK/USA and France for those who are aged eight and above.