August 25, 2015 | Will

The winning entry in this year's James Dyson Award combines two things I find fascinating: robotics and 3D printing. Open Bionics can 3D print prosthetic arms that are customised to the individual's needs for just £2000 - one-tenth the price of a standard prosthesis.

Although 3D printing is already used to develop prostheses, this invention is the first of its kind to be made on such a small budget. I think it could be revolutionary for people in developing countries - but I'm not sure how successful it would be without access to a 3D printer.


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Sensors stuck to the owner's skin pick up signals that trigger the hands to move.


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