Joel Gibbard, creator of Open Bionics, says he can “3D-scan an amputee and build them a custom-fitted socket and hand in less than two days,” and it’s all open-source!
Twenty-five year old Gibbard, (seen above on the right) originally began development of the robotic hand from his bedroom in Bristol. He intends to start a business by selling custom-made robotic hands later next year, but the project is also open-source.
This will enable many around the globe to benefit from his genius and invites ideas for improvements to be shared. (One of the general ideas of open source is not so much that it means “free”, but to share and make an idea/concept better with collaboration.)
Perhaps there will soon be others that can be helped with additional prosthetics because of Joel’s idea. It has been estimated that there of over 11 million hand amputees worldwide.
Cheers to you and your team, Joel!