2nd June 2021
Will a 3D printed prosthesis fit me? Can a myoelectric prosthetic arm work on my residual limb? How much does a bionic arm cost? These are just some of the frequently asked questions we receive regularly from the limb difference community looking to explore cutting edge 3D printed prostheses options.
Our Hero Arm is custom-fit which means answers to these and other questions can be different depending on each limb difference. To help answer some of these questions, we are introducing a Hero Arm Trial Day. We want this day to be an informal and fun way for adults and children to see how we make bionic devices that enhance the human body.
Here’s a snapshot of what our first Hero Arm Trial Day of 2021 looked like and what you can expect at the next one.
The event kicked off at our HQ in Bristol, UK where attendees were greeted with refreshments and team introductions. After a chance to meet and share personal experiences about various prostheses, the group were shown a demo of the Hero Arm by our customer liaison manager and Hero Arm power user, Liz.
I had an amazing day today at Open Bionics. Everyone was so friendly and I got to try out a Hero Arm. It was great to meet Liz after talking to her on the phone. – Jane Stokes
During the day guests had a tour of our headquarters where the Hero Arm is made, were able to speak with the engineers behind the myoelectric prosthetic arm and view a selection of magnetic arm covers that allow the Hero Arm to be personalised.
After a refreshment break guests were able to book private appointments to discuss financing options and try our Hero Arm trial kits that work by detecting underlying muscular contractions generated from specific muscle groups in the arm. These small contractions are then amplified and converted into intuitive and proportional bionic hand movements.
“With the Hero Arm Trial Day we want to give people an opportunity to experience the Hero Arm in a relaxed setting where they can ask our team questions and meet members of our community. We hope by the end of the day individuals have the knowledge they need to take the next step in their bionic journey. ” – Samantha Payne MBE, CEO Open Bionics.
If you’d like to find out more information about the Hero Arm, how it works, what it feels like and whether it will be the right fit for you, register your interest and we will be in touch with information about the process and availability for our next Hero Arm Trial Day.
The Hero Arm uses myoelectric sensors which detect underlying muscular contractions generated from specific muscle groups in the arm. These are then amplified and converted into intuitive and proportional bionic hand movements.