Open-Source Cyborg Hand is Making Prosthetics More Accessible Than Ever

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A generation ago, getting a prosthetic limb fitted usually amounted to a having a heavy, nearly useless hunk of plastic and metal tacked onto your body. But bionic hands such as this one illustrate just how quickly that’s all changing.

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HACKberry, brainchild of the Japanese company exii, wants to become a game changer for those in need of a new arm, and it’s doing a good job convincing us it’s got the chops. The bionic limb, whose blueprints and source code are freely available, has a smartphone for a brain and uses camera batteries to power itself. Most of the device is comprised of 3D printed parts that can be taken apart and swapped out. By encouraging transparency and openness in all aspects of development, exii hopes to garner the attention of the maker community and encourage faster innovation.

Among the hand’s more impressive features are its ductile wrist and fingers, which allow the wearer to make unusually expressive movements (Jaime Lannister, your sword-wielding days cometh!), pick up small objects, leaf through magazines, and even tie shoes. Although the model isn’t yet for sale, the current prototype cost exii roughly $300 USD to produce. Even if a future version hits the market with a price-tag several times higher, it’d still be a steal compared with most cutting-edge prosthetics.

It’s also about as futuristically cool looking as can be.

Illustration for article titled Open-Source Cyborg Hand is Making Prosthetics More Accessible Than Ever
Illustration for article titled Open-Source Cyborg Hand is Making Prosthetics More Accessible Than Ever
Illustration for article titled Open-Source Cyborg Hand is Making Prosthetics More Accessible Than Ever
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Illustration for article titled Open-Source Cyborg Hand is Making Prosthetics More Accessible Than Ever

Evolution of bionic hands over time, with earlier exii models and their natural counterpart depicted on the right.

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DISCUSSION

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We appologize for the miscommunication with several media. Please note that:

1. 300USD IS NOT THE PRICE TAG. We were able to make our current prototype at 300USD, however, this only covers the cost for 3D-printing material and electronic modules. When we sell it, we have to add our labor cost and other margins derived from delivery, procurement, customer service and so on.

2. PROSTHETIC HAND IS NOT FOR SALE YET. What we sell is a purpose-built robotic hand to enterprises that are interested in using the hand for their research. The price will be determined individually for each case.

http://exiii.jp/bushiness-eng.…