Have you ever wondered just what it would be like to have Prosthetic limbs like the ones seen in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided? Well wonder no more! Open Bionics, a small company setup in Bristol, England have teamed up with the international gaming peripheral manufacturer Razer and game developer Eidos-Montréal to bring Adam Jensens remarkable limbs to the real world. Though the use of 3D Printed limbs, in particular “affordable, functional and beautiful” bionic hands and arms to the masses, royalty free! This collaboration will feature technology from all three parties to make this concept a reality and finally, bridge the gap between what we see as fiction, and reality. This venture shall all three parties combine efforts for one ultimate goal; fashionable robotic prosthesis accessible to the masses for little cost.
Dues Ex is a game that takes place in the distant future, where physical augmentations are readily accessible and widely used by the masses for their own personal gain. But despite being a fictional world; the world depicted is as being at the forefront for the discussions on Trans-humanism and bionic augmentations. The team behind the games and it’s art are striving to fabricate state of the art designs that’re taken directly from the universe and the characters it encompasses. The main focus for this joint project is that of the main character, Adam Jensen. Brutally attacked and left severely wounded in the game world, Adam undergoes a radical change, redefining for him what it means to be human; having the majority of his body replaced with Prosthetic limbs and parts; it is easy to see why the project is so heavily influenced by Adam.
The project, which aims to start with two main types of Prosthetic arms, will take inspiration from the game universe and create what they’re calling “The Deux Ex Universe Arm” and “The Adam Jensen Arm” and have plans to release these arms, open source; which means if you happen to have a 3D Printer at your disposal you can create any arm you please. The company has plans to make versions for Male, Female, Young and Old. Eidos-Montréal and Open Bionics plan to release the plans and blueprints for the upcoming appendages, royalty free for anyone to download and create. Fortunately, the company already has past experience with this field, having made arms based of the Frozen and the Marvel universes. Thus the company plan to devote their team to the project, using the latest in 3D Printing to create beautiful and realistic prostheses for all.
“Working with Deus Ex to re-imagine the future of bionic prostheses has been a fantastic creative process. It is has been made even better by seeing people wear the bionic arms and get so much enjoyment out of it. This collaboration goes to show how bright the future of bionics is. We feel lucky to have been able to work with the design team at Deus Ex. They’ve been incredibly generous with their time and ideas throughout this project. We’re excited to see this relationship continue to grow.” – Joel Gibbard, CEO at Open Bionics.
The Razer Stargazer camera, featuring the latest RealSense Technology from Intel will aid in the development and will help to bring this bionic arm initiative to a virtual setting, allowing people to digitally ‘try on’ the arm at events. Allowing for a Real-time Demonstration on how the arm will look and move, just as if the viewer was actually wearing it. “We’re excited to contribute to this incredible partnership with the Razer Stargazer. As the world’s most advanced webcam, it is a precise hand tracking solution that allows everyone to experience first-hand the future of augmentations,” – Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan.
Releasing in 2017, the prosthetic arms will be available for viewing at various events such as E3 and Gamescom. More information can be found at their website www.augmentedfuture.com