In 2014, Mick Ebeling and his Not Impossible Labs developed the inspiring Project Daniel, an initiative that empowered a Sudanese community to create prosthetics for its people who lost limbs during the South Sudan civil war. Now, Open Bionics, a startup supported by Disney's 2015 accelerator program, has developed another uplifting idea in the area of 3D-printed prosthetics: artificial hands based on popular Disney, Marvel and Star Wars Marvel characters.
The prosthetics are geared toward children and include a snowflake hand inspired by Queen Elsa from Frozen, an Iron Man hand "hot out of Tony Stark's workshop" and a Star Wars lightsaber hand designed in collaboration with Lucasfilm's ILMxLAB. According to Engadget, the arms are equipped with LED lights that allow them to "power up" as if the kids really do have super powers. The Iron Man version also vibrates as if the kids are really firing up rockets.
"Now kids can get excited about their prosthetics," Open Bionics says on its site. "They won't have to do boring physical therapy, they'll train to become heroes." Engadget says the idea isn't original and previously reported on another Iron Man-themed arm created by the company Limbitless Solutions.
According to the Open Bionics site, the Walt Disney Company donated help from its creative teams as well as royalty-free licenses. More designs will be coming soon.