A Plymouth graduate who started trying to make a better prosthetic hand while at university has won the UK's 2015 James Dyson Award.
25-year-old Joel Gibbard achieved a First-Class Robotics degree in 2011, and has since created a ground-breaking robotic hand for amputees, through his company, Open Bionics.
Using 3D printing, the hand can be made in just 40 hours for under £2,000 - a fraction of the cost of conventional prosthetics.
It allows an amputee to do the same things as a traditional, expensive prosthetic hand, right down to individual finger movements, by using electromyographical sensors which are stuck to their skin.
Joel gets £2,000 for his win - which he intends to spend on a new 3D printer - and advances to the international stage of the competition, in which Dyson engineers whittle 100 entries from around the world down to just 20.
The results will be announced next month, with the winner awarded £30,000 to work on their invention.
A Bristol start-up has been named one of the top 50 robotics companies to watch this year.
Open Bionics - based at Bristol Robotics Laboratory - has been ranked amongst Dyson, Google and Panasonic for its ground breaking work to create 3D-printed robotic prosthetic hands.
Open Bionics was chosen for the international list by the Robotics Business Review.