Are Video Games the Future of Bio-Tech? Maybe.

How one game is helping shape the future of prosthetics

By Reuben Brody

 
 Are Video Games the Future of Bio-Tech? Maybe.
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18 July 2016

Ever wonder where the world would be if all the freakishly smart and talented people who make video games applied themselves to fixing, you know, real-life problems?

Well regardless, here's your answer.

Video game company Eidos has designed a prosthetic arm similar to one from their popular game Deus Ex, in which humans augment their bodies in impressive ways. Silver and sleek and definitely owing  some of its design cues to Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800, it’s a fully-functional recreation of the one used by Adam Jensen, the protagonist of Deus Ex.

Augmented Future - Open Bionics × Deus Ex × Razer4:49

Prosthetics ain’t cheap. Some can run up to $100,000. But Open Bionics, the innovative prosthetics maker tapped for this project, plan to cut costs significantly by utilizing a 3D printer.

They’re aiming for it to cost around $1,000. The prosthesis is not only beautiful, but also very tech-savvy: it operates via sensors placed on the user's skin.

It's scheduled for a 2017 release, but they deserve a bionic handclap right now.

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