A Wisconsin boy drinks juice with his right hand for the first time using a 3D-printed bionic arm developed by UK robotics startup Open Bionics
For the first time, a 12-year-old Green bay, Wisconsin boy is now able to take a drink with his right hand. Thanks to a new 3D-printed bionic arm developed by a UK robotics startup Open Bionics. Inspired by Marvel’s Iron Man, Jonathan’s right hand was fitted with a life-changing 3D-printed bionic arm after being born without part of the limb.
According to local CBS News, Jonathan was born without a right hand due to a rare condition called Amniotic Band Syndrome. His earlier devices had very little function and often broke. Jonathan’s parents later found out about a a UK robotics startup called Open Bionics that produced a medically-certified bionic arm called a Hero Arm. This arm has multi-grip functionality and several superhero skins like The Avengers or Star Wars.
Open Bionics is a robotics startup founded in 2014 by Joel Gibbard and Samantha Payne. The company creates affordable 3D-printed bionic hands for amputees, researchers and makers. Their bionic arms are developed using medical grade materials to give their hands the right strength and grip and to make them last.
As for Jonathan, he was grateful just to be able to reach for his glass of drink. In a video posted on YouTube by ABC News affiliate in Wisconsin, Jonathan said: “Hey guys, this is Jonathan, and I’m about to take a drink of apple juice with my right hand for the first time.” The video shows Jonathan making his first big move of drinking apple juice using his right hand for the first time.
In addition to demonstrating how he’s now able to lift a glass, Jonathan also gave a big thumbs up with his new arm and a proud smile!
You can watch the entire video below.