The future is now… or at least it will be in 2017. Open Bionics is a robotics and prosthetic company that has started making a lot of waves recently for their 3D printed prosthetic limbs. They’ve teamed with Eidos Montreal and the good folks working on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to offer gamers and normies alike a robotic prosthetic that can actually move and work as intended.
We’ve reported about prostheses here quite a bit, detailing the different advancements currently happening within the rapidly growing field. Open Bionics is one of those companies who have been offering people specialized prosthetic replacements over on their official website, and after a little tip-off from writer and journalist Oliver Campbell, they ended up teaming up with Eidos to make Deus Ex themed prosthetic limbs.
According to the co-founder of Open Bionics, Samantha Payne, she revealed during the E3 2016 Square Enix live-stream that the Deus Ex: Mankind Divded prosthetics will be available in 2017, after they get approved and go through the certification for putting a bionic limb on the consumer marketplace. You can check out the brief announcement in the video below.
In addition to the prosthetic limbs launching next year, they will actually release the 3D printer blueprints before 2016 is out. This will enable users to print out all the necessary materials to create their very own prosthetic limbs.
Open Bionics isn’t the only one offering this kind of solution for those with disabilities or missing appendages. IKO Creative Prosthetic System also offers replacement limbs based on 3D printed materials as well. They even created one where kids are able to use Lego attachments on the limb to bring it to life in an all new capacity.
On the upper end of the bionic echelon, DARPA and other research facilities from around the world are already working on the next level advancement of bionics and augmentations, including robotic prostheses that can feel the sensation of touch via connecting with the central nervous system of a human being. DARPA is using biomimetic sensory feedback where-as other researches are going for neural sensory feedback through 3D printed stem cell augmentations. Both methods are very fascinating and are advancing rapidly toward consumer market solutions.
In the meantime, Open Bionics will release their blueprints before 2016 is out and you can look for the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 3D printed prosthetic based on Adam Jensen’s design to release in 2017.
As for Eidos Montreal’s Deus Ex: Mankind Divided game… it’s due to drop on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC starting August 23rd. You can learn more about the prosthetic by visiting Open Bionics’ official website or you can learn more about the game by visiting the official Deus Ex website.