The 3D Printed Youbionic Hand Features New Updates with More to Come Soon
“In 2014, a company called Youbionicemerged with an exciting goal: the development of a 3D printed bionic hand controlled by an Arduino. Unlike prosthetics that require cables and wires to move, the Youbionic hand would respond to the wearer’s muscle movements. While bionic hands such as these typically cost thousands of dollars, Youbionic founder Federico Ciccarese planned to offer the prosthetic for only a fraction of the cost.
In the years since the Youbionic hand was first conceptualized, additional steps toward affordable bionics have been taken; just recently, for example, the Open Bionics Hero Arm became the first 3D printed bionic prosthetic device to become medically approved. The Youbionic hand has evolved as time has gone on, as well, moving toward clinical trials and into the pre-order phase within two years of it originally being announced.
The bionic hand is now available from the company’s website for €1,499 – typically, bionic limbs are priced in the €50,000 range.
Ciccarese and his team didn’t stop there, though; the company has come out with some even more incredible concepts…”
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