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.
Open Bionics’ Affordable Robotic Prosthetic