Hero Arm is a bionic prosthetic developed by American company Open Bionics and designed by Joel Gibbard. Despite his relatively young age, Joel has already won several prestigious awards and even a grant of $1 million. This money was used towards the production of Hero Arm. Gibbard says that he doesn’t care about the financial aspect, his main goal is helping people.
But this doesn’t mean that Hero Arm does not have any advantages on the market. On the contrary, the device has a high level of accuracy, seamlessness and speed of movement when compared to its equivalents on the market, all of which greatly appeal to users. The prosthetic is extremely similar to a real hand, thanks to sensors that can read micro movements of the wearer’s muscles and a feedback loop enabled by tactile sensors.
The prosthetic is made using 3D printing. This technology allows its manufacturers to spend just 40 hours and $3 thousand on production, while equivalents take weeks to produce and cost over $90 thousand.