A robot graduate has created a new, much cheaper robot hand.
With an invention that uses 3D printing
technology to transform the bionic industry, it won the James Dyson Award in the UK.
These devices typically cost up to £ 60,000.
But by using 3D printing and other technologies, 25-year-
Joel Gibbard, a graduate of the old Plymouth University, and his company, Open Robotics, have cut that number to £ 3,000.
This could get more people.
Most of them use old technology, but they are still out of reach for many because of the cost.
Robotics economics will now apply to children because the hands need to be replaced every six months to a year, so they usually cannot get them, so it is not feasible.
Even the most expensive for adults will need to be replaced every three to five years because of wear and tear.
It can also help the technology to be more widely used in the world and help them overcome price barriers in other countries where bionic hands are too expensive to use.
\"Joel has started a step by using fast prototyping technology --
Changes in the development of robotic limbs, \"James Dyson, the British inventor behind the award, said in a statement.
\"The simplified manufacturing approach makes Joel\'s design more efficient and allows more amputees to use advanced artificial limbs.
\"The hand works by connecting the muscles of the upper forearm.
EMG sensors are used to obtain information from muscles and to control hands.
The innovation of Gibard is to use 3D printing
Scan the arm first, then you can customize and print out the right hand.
This means that they can be created precisely no matter who wears them, but the cost is only a fraction of the usual cost.
Gibard predicts that the same technology may eventually be used on most things people wear.
\"This has a lot of applications, such as artificial limbs and corrective surgery,\" said Gibard, which is used to modify the nervous muscle and bone system.
\"But headphones or any other wearable device should also be customized.
\"Even the phone can be customized to install on your hand.
There are a lot of things we use to standardize, and in reality, things that are customized will be better.
\"You can imagine a world of the future where you can scan the whole body
Then use it whenever you buy clothes or office chairs, \"the manufacturer customizes it and scans around one person.
Gibard has been working on fake hands since he was 17 and initially thought it was \"an interesting thing \".
But once he arrives at the University and takes the project more seriously, he finds that there is a demand that is not met, that is, a cheaper prosthetic limb that is easier to make and buy.
His proposal video was uploaded to YouTube.
\"I have a lot of comments saying: I need this and I want to buy this,\" said Gibard . \".
\"I realized at the time that I wanted to share this idea and design further.
This interest helps stimulate interest in crowdfunding activities --
Called \"open hand Project: low cost robot hand \"-
It raised nearly 44,000 pounds in a month.
Originally, the plan for Gibard was to make a 3D print design that can then be shared around the world so that it can be made by anyone, anywhere.
But he realized that a company
This ensures quality control, guarantees its products and ensures they work properly
It will be a better way to bring new products to the world, and he founded his company Open Bionics in April 2014.
From now on, the company needs to overcome technical and business barriers.
First, the product needs to be tested in the real world.
The work has been done with several amputees, but now these tests have to go into the field and have people use them in a few weeks and provide feedback on how they look.
There is still business work to be done.
The company in gebad will use the bonus to purchase another 3D printer, which means they will be able to increase production significantly immediately
As a result, printing is twice as fast as on-site testing and faster.
But Gibard says the award will also help as the company develops.
\"The reputation of the James Dyson Award is so high that it\'s a huge boost when you\'re trying to get money and credibility.
\"Open bionic currently has six staff members, enough to keep the project working for the time being.
But when it\'s time to go public-
This will happen by the end of 2016.
Staff and resources will need to grow.
Joel Gibard and Open Bionics will join other British runners in the next phase of the James Dyson Award, where Dyson engineers will cut 100 to 20.
This will then be passed on to Dyson himself, who will pick the overall winner.