When most people hear the word bionic, they think of Will Smith in iRobot or Tony Stark in Iron Man. But bionic isn’t just a term that rests in the category of Sci Fi, but has now become a thing of reality.
For decades International CES has been a platform for intuitive breakthrough designs that are aimed at enhancing our daily lives. From products like Video Cassette Recorders (VCR) in 1967 to Microsoft’s Xbox in 2001.
This year CES will host seven wearable technology start-ups from the finals of Intel’s ‘Make It Wearable’ competition, including Open Bionics.
Open Βionics is an open-source initiative for the development of affordable, light-weight, modular robot hands and myoelectric prosthetic devices, that can be easily reproduced using off-the-shelf materials. The primary focus of the proposed design is to provide multiple low-cost task-specific robot hands instead of one that is complex and expensive.
A representative from Intel said Open Bionics had created products that “blend visionary thinking with business value.”
The Open Bionics team, Joel Gibbard, Sammy Payne, Vitória Maurício and Daniel Melville, will showcase their latest robotic hand which is now half the weight of leading robotic hands.
The company’s open source work is already benefiting people globally. So far, Open Bionics’ Dextrus hands have been 3D printed in North America, Canada, Ukraine, Scotland, and Australia.
Founded in April 2014, Open Bionics has received multiple awards for its groundbreaking work in 3D printed robotic prosthetic technology.
Meet OpenBionics first success story, Daniel Melville (23yrs)
Daniel contacted Joel Gibbard after seeing his appeal for funding help to develop affordable robotic hands.
He offered to help Mr Gibbard test his products and the new hand was created within two days at a cost of just £300.00 ($355.00USD).
Daniel said: “It fitted like a glove. I can’t believe how easy that was. Usually I’d have to have a mould taken of my arm then wait weeks or months to get the socket. “This is great now and it will continue to get better but it would have been amazing to have this when I was younger.
“I would have loved a 3D-printed Power Ranger hand. It would have made me feel better about my difference.
Check out all the positive response from this years International CES.
Representing the Sugar Gamers at the International CES Show this year are founder of the Sugar Gamers Keisha and SugarTEAM member Kat. Who managed to squeeze through the crowds, and speak with the face of Open Bionic’s booth Daniel.
Printing in 3D has been described as the “future of manufacturing”. It allows engineers to build at lighter weights, greater speeds and lower costs and to create complex structures that would otherwise be impossible.
The 3D printing market is set to grow from $1.15 billion in 2013 to $4.8 billion in 2018, according to analysts. It can be used to create everything from food and clothes to prosthetic human hearts.
Open Bionic’s has truly showed a strong hand in leading innovation. With the International CES Show coming to close, Open Bionic has made its mark in history. Innovations like this create an endless amount of possibilities, help support the company by following them on Twitter and Facebook.
We live in an age of science and technology, what was once a dream is now becoming a reality and achievements in bionics is one step closer to the future.
Open Bionic’s Website (ORG): http://www.openbionics.org/
Open Bionic’s Website (COM): http://www.openbionics.com/
Open Bionic’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/openbionics
Open Bionic’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/openbionicsltd
Images and Information listed in this article were courtesy of the Open Bionic’s Website and The International CES Website.