The bionic hand that wants to bring the Japanese company exiii 2016 on themarket is affordable, cool and crammed with a variety of useful functions. Thenew prosthesis should be fashionable with their deliberately produced”machines-look”. People with disabilities should be fun to wear the prosthesis.
The so-called HACKberry prosthesis is produced with the exception of very few parts such as the multi-purpose controller and a Smartphone, which is necessary for the control, with a 3D printer. Nearly 60 different parts are made here with the printer.
With the device and a soldering iron is succeeded three young Japanese engineers who previously worked at Sony and Panasonic in 2014 founded their own start-up with idea to develop prosthetic devices from different materials.
Japan Mastering Hand Prostheses Production with ligther materials and compact design.
These new prostheses exceed manufactured many other Bionic hands from their functions. This means that they are more flexible and also a design in smaller dimensions from was previously possible. Because of light and small parts they are suitable for women and children.
These high-tech prostheses should also be very affordable with a price of around €260 what makes them highly desirable for many people.
Fashion aspect plays a role
Genta Kondo, CEO and founder of the Tokyo-based company EXIII, is responsible for the software development for the bionic arm. Hiroshi Yamaura is responsible for the mechanical design and Tetsuya Konishi makes the external design.
The three engineers had to develop futuristic and especially “cool” looking arm prostheses with a wide variety of designs from the outset. You should allow the carrier to make a fashion statement about it, as otherwise as is possible with glasses or even sneakers.
Open source: New ideas are welcome
The Japanese team is also aware that it can’t do everything alone and calls therefore users all over the world to participate in the development of prosthetic devices. The idea is to develop new prostheses that better meet the needs of the institution and their physical condition. Therefore, the company publishes also the design drawing of HACKberry on the website.
The team hopes that other engineers and designers involved in HACKberry will contribute. A father from Poland has the design specifications for a right hand so far as they are applicable also for a left hand. The next goal is to develop a model that is 30% smaller than the original for a children.
The American company Robohand developed much cheaper Prosthetics in the 3D printer. Here the cost is only $50, however the prostheses are also much simpler designed. This will help especially people in war zones.