British company makes superhero-themed bionic arms for children

A Bristol-based company is making superhero and movie-themed bionic hands and arms for children.

Open Bionics is aiming to get children excited about their prosthetic limbs and give them a confidence boost with its eye-catching designs.

The Walt Disney Company has donated royalty-free licenses and expert artwork from Marvel, Frozen and Star Wars to the company for the project.

A Star Wars themed bionic arm. Credit: Open Bionics

“[Kids] won’t have to do boring physical therapy, they’ll train to become heroes,” reads the Open Bionics website about the announcement. “They’re not just getting medical devices, they’re getting bionic hands inspired by their favorite characters.”

Speaking to TechCrunch, a Disney spokesperson said:

Instead of going through physical therapy, kids will instead be able to go through Jedi training. It’s pretty amazing.


Open Bionics founder Joel Gibbard also is responsible for the Open Hand project, an open source project that provides free plans for creating prosthetics using ABS plastic and 3D printing.