No wonder, people are attracted towards the tech world, there is so much to know, to access and to produce out of it. New innovations are persuading the technological products more accessible. One of the finalists for Intel’s Make it Wearable challenge showed that a bionic arm, conventionally sold for $10,000, which can be obtained for around $3,000.
This Bionic Arm is produced by the Open Bionics Team who build with polymers with wavering levels of firmness. The part that attached to an amputee’s limb is made with a softer, more flexible material, while the hand and fingers are more rigid and firm.
At the technology showcase during IDF 2015, Open Bionics presented its 3D printed bionic Arm in action. A band, with sensors and a custom board with Intel’s Quark microprocessor, is attached to the wearer’s forearm. When the sensors detect muscle contractions in your forearm, the hands and fingers move accordingly.
Internet of Things and Wearables
This Tuesday morning, Brian Krzanich’s, the CEO of Intel presented a key-note regarding the design of personalized, connected accessories and Wearables as the highlight of Intel. Intel showcases the power of Intel Curie processor for IoT devices, which is established on the Quark design, in a wide range of applications including the sensors for BMX bicycles.
Open Bionics’s 3D printed bionic arm positively fits Brian Krzanich’s vision for Intel’s future. The miniature Quark microprocessor inside the arm provides powerful instructions to control individual finger movement and helps users enunciate the hand; it seems like this 3D printed Biomic Arm can also hold the water bottle but yet to be proven.
Upgrading the Bionic Arm with 3D Printing technology preferably will be less expensive compared to the other commercial solutions available today.
Open Bionics also confirmed that the bionic arm must be adjusted as a user grows, especially in the case of pediatric amputees. With the Open Bionics solution, the battery, electronic components and Quark processor can be saved and reused. All that is needed is a new 3D printed arm in a larger size.
Though it is exciting being in a world of IoT gadgets, the computing element doesn’t get anymore personal other than a connected limb fixed in your body.