With some help from the Disney Accelerator program, a U.K. company has developed prosthetic limbs for kids inspired by Iron Man, Star Wars and Frozen.
"Now kids can get excited about their prosthetics," states Bristol-based startup Open Bionics. "They won’t have to do boring physical therapy, they’ll train to become heroes. They’re not just getting medical devices, they’re getting bionic hands inspired by their favorite characters."
Working with Disney and Lucasfilm creative teams, the company has designed 3D-printed, low-cost bionic hands based on a lightsaber, Iron Man's gauntlet and Queen Elsa's snowflake hand. Disney provided both consultation and royalty-free licenses.
Other organizations, like e-NABLE and Limbless Solutions, take a similar approach, producing superhero-inspired prosthetics to children at low, or no, costs to the families. You may recall that earlier this year, Robert Downey Jr. became involved, dressing as Tony Stark to deliver an Iron Man bionic arm to a 3-year-old boy.
(via Medical Daily)