Disney has begun partnering with Open Bionics to begin to produce bionic arms based on Disney characters to benefit young amputees. Open Bionics was chosen as part of Disney’s accelerator program, which was created with the premise of finding startups that are heavily idea driven and giving them the funds needed to accomplish goals such as these prosthetics from Open Bionics. Open Bionics, whose purpose is to create advanced prosthetics for people who normally wouldn’t be able to afford them. This is a growing problem, especially for young children who will quickly outgrow each set of replacements, causing parents to buy prosthetics over and over.
The first line up of the prosthetics features three different Disney themed arms which were funded and released royalty free. These arms include an Iron-Man hand from the now Disney owned Marvel, a glove based on Elsa’s from the immensely popular Frozen, and a lightsaber glove based on Disney’s most recent acquisition Star Wars. These prints will be available for around $500, while the company states that it will soon begin manufacturing adult versions of their prosthetics soon. They estimate the adult prices will be around $3000. The Open Bionics team showed their pleasure with the project stating that “Now kids can get excited about their prosthetics. They won’t have to do boring physical therapy, they’ll train to become heroes. They’re not just getting medical devices, they’re getting bionic hands inspired by their favorite characters.”