The world’s first clinically tested, medically certified, and FDA registered 3D-printed bionic arm. Grab, pinch, high-five, fist bump, thumbs-up. Welcome to the future, where disabilities are superpowers.
Open Bionics, founded in 2014, is a UK based start-up company developing low-cost bionic hands. It is based inside Future Space, co-located with Bristol Robotics Laboratory, the largest robotics research centre in Europe.
Open Bionics have released designs for several of their prototypes with an open source license. The company encourages engineers and developers to contribute to the development of bionic hands by joining their developer community. These hands provide a research platform for robotics or a test platform for prosthetics research. Each hand has been designed to be easy to build and repair.
The latest version of Open Bionics’ robotic hand can be assembled in under one hour, takes 20 hours to print on a desktop 3D printer, and can be controlled via EMG sensors. The hand has fingers that are individually actuated and controlled via muscle tensing. The hand has multiple grip modes including open / close, tripod, pinch, point, and power grip.