Changing the Environment

Open Bionics

Samantha Payne, Joel Gibbard


Bristol Robotics Laboratory, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Ln, Bristol BS16 1QY

Open Bionics creates custom prosthetic bio-electronic limbs for amputees at a low price point – around $3,000 rather than $100,000 for a typical high-functioning prosthesis. This cost reduction has been achieved through the use of 3D printing. Last summer, Open Bionics won a place on the Disney Accelerator programme run by TechStars and gained licences to create Disney, Star Wars and Marvel-themed bionic hands for children. The company also won several grants and engineering awards – including the James Dyson Award.

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Photographer: Ben McMahon | Words: Olivia Solon | Editor: Nate Lanxon