Boy, 10, to bionic hand in time for Christmas

Open Bionics is based in the United Kingdom and produces 3D-printed prosthetics, like the one above.

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A 10-year-old boy who was born without a right hand is getting the gift of your life, just in time for Christmas.

Cameron Millar, of Edinburgh, in Scotland, was able to crowdfund 10,000 euro for a new 3D-printed bionic hand.

“I want to be a bionic hand, so I don’t have to drag along behind. Like at school when we do a writing activity, a lot of people write a lot faster than me, so sometimes I need to go back to it the next day or after a break or lunch,” the boy said to Sky News.

Although Millar said that he can’t play the drums or guitar, his new hand gives him strength to change that.

Millar, who is right-handed despite being born without his right hand raised the funds for his bionic hand with the help of the Radio’s Cash for Kids charity.

His mother told Sky News: “Because he had never (to the right), he’s just adapted and learned how to do things without. It is still but since he is a bit bigger that he realizes that he is different, other people will realize that he is, and he actually wants a right-hand side.”


The british company Open Bionics has developed the bionic hand, and it is the first of its kind medical-approved for use in Europe and the United States.

Although there are similar prostheses available, the company 3D-printed version is relatively cheap. It is currently in clinical trials by the National Health Service in England and may soon be available.

Sky News reports that the hand works by reading the signals from the user of the muscles. Sensors in the mains signals of the muscles that would normally be moving their hand and fingers and the hand responds accordingly.

Joel Gibbard, of Open Bionics, told Sky News: “We are trying to create bionic hands that are affordable and accessible. It gives children a sense of self-confidence, a sense of pride about their denture about their limb differences and make them feel better about unique.”

The boy, who is a big fan of Star Wars, told Sky News: “I feel a lot like Luke Skywalker, my Star Wars favorite character, because in one of the movies Darth vader chopped off his hand with his lightsaber. Now he has a bionic hand, so I feel a lot like Luke Skywalker.”

Christopher Carbone is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

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