Open Bionics' Affordable Robotic Prosthetic
on 25 August 2015
UK-based Open Bionics has been awarded the 2015 James Dyson Award for creating an affordable robotic prosthetic arm. While many prosthetics can cost as much as $50,000 and take months to custom fit, Open Bionics can tailor and deliver a fully-functioning prosthetic to a customer within days—and at a cost of just $3,000. This breakthrough opens up the much-needed technology to a massive pool of people, especially young children who tend to quickly outgrow their prosthetics. Founder Joel Gibbard hopes to start selling the prosthetic sometime next year.