It's not often we get to say nice things about Konami these days, but the game company has teamed up with renowned prosthetic artist Sophie De Oliviera Barata to develop a Metal Gear Solid inspired prosthetic arm for James Young, a 25 year old fan who lost his arm in a train accident in 2012.
The arm will be visually inspired by the one featured in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and will be multi-functional to fit James' needs. Hopefully he'll be able to use it to play MGSV.
The arm was created by Enabling the Future, which has a chapter at Sienna College in Albany, New York. For its first project the Siena e-NABLE group made an Iron Man-themed hand for 5-year-old Jack Carder in Ohio.
In this case, nine-year-old Karissa Mitchell's (who was born without a right hand and most of her wrist) mother reached out to the group on campus, Siena College's director of marketing and communications said.
"She's watched the movie at least 100 times. We sing the songs all the time. We even have a karaoke machine that's 'Frozen'-themed," said Karissa's mother. The prosthetic was built using a 3-D printer and is comprised of 30 parts (it took near 30 hours to make).
To help Karissa achieve her dream of becoming a Disney princess, the team used "a pretty transparent ice blue color filament and added snowflakes to the forearm and her name with an Elsa crown on the cuff," said Alyx Gleason, the project lead and president of Siera e-NABLE. The arm also came with an Olaf LED light source.
Anyone who is in need of an arm or hand is encouraged to reach out to Siena e-NABLE.
Square Enix, Eidos Montreal, and Open Bionics released this promotional video, which showcases quite a bit of promising progress on their combined efforts to create a cybernetic hand just like the one Adam Jensen uses in Deus Ex.
And, maybe the most excitingly Open Bionics plans to make the bionic hand open source, and available to download for anyone with a 3D printer. Plus, Open Bionics is in collaboration with Razer to create a finger-mapping system that will allow anyone else with all their working limbs intact, to still operate the hand remotely.
This builds off an earlier move by Konami, when the company built one fan a Metal Gear Solid-inspired prosthetic arm.