Startup Open Bionics has partnered with Disney to produce cheap, hero-themed, prosthetic hands for disabled kids. Based out of the Bristol Robotics Lab, the year-old company is using 3D printers to make Iron Man, Frozen, and Star-Wars inspired hands. The prosthetics will be available next year and retail for around $500. But the best part is the impact they have on the kids that need them.
“The power of these prosthetics is that the public perception is completely different,” Open Bionics told the Independent. “All of a sudden they’re not being asked how they lost their hand, they’re being asked where they got their cool robot hand, how does it feel, and how does it work? It completely flips the perception 180 degrees. What might have been perceived as their greatest weakness is seen as their greatest strength.”