October 15, 2015      

Open Bionics recently unveiled three superhero-infused robotics hands designed for kids. The UK startup, which is part of the Disney Accelerator program, was given royalty-free use to 3D print robotic hands based on Frozen, Iron Man and Star Wars.

These robotic hands are intended to stand out and allow the children to proudly wear their prosthesis. Open Bionics can 3D-scan an amputee and build them a custom-fit hand in less than two days. This is certainly much faster than most other prosthetics on the market, which can take weeks or months to make.

In this episode of the Robotics Trends Show, we spoke with Open Bionics founder Joel Gibbard about where the inspiration for the superhero-themed hands came from, how the robotic hand works and helps amputees, and what Disney-themed robotic hands we might see next from the company.