Disabled people have to battle more than the limitations imposed by their disability. More often than not they also have to fight against judgmental looks or the pitying gazes sent their way. Children suffer more than adults because of this, since they are not yet equipped to fighting against the way other people perceive them. To aid them, Startup Open Bionics has teamed up with Disney to create similarly themed prosthetic bionic limbs, turning each child into the hero of a tale.
Open Bionics has been working with 3D printing techniques in order to create affordable prosthetic limbs for young amputees. Recently, they have announced a new line meant to empower children with disabilities. These new prosthetic bionic limbs are inspired from some of the most famous Disney movies of recent years such as Frozen, Iron Man and Star Wars. Iron Man’s glove even comes with special features that mimic the motion of rocket launchers.
“The power of these prosthetics is that the public perception is completely different,” Open Bionics revealed in an interview. “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.”
The prosthetic bionic limbs are fully functional and bring a little color in each child’s life. What’s more, the partnership with Disney was settled for a free license to insure reduced costs for each prosthetic. As part of the Disney Accelerate program, Open Bionics received help from Disney’s creative team for free to aid them in the development of the bionic limbs. The limbs will reach production line next year and will cost around $500.
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