Tunisian Startup 3D Prints Bionic Arms Running on Solar
No matter how hard the days go by, it will be good deeds that'll save the world in the end. The story you are about the hear is indeed one of them.
28-year-old Tunisian Electrical and Electronics engineer Mohamed Dhaouafi decided to be the change when he met an 8-year-old boy in a local Tunisian hospital. The boy didn't have one of his hands and one of his legs, who had lost them to an electric shock.
That's when Dhaouafi and his teammates started to work on a bionic hand for all, founding the start-up called Cure Bionics.
The team came up with a 3D printed bionic arm, charged by solar power. The arm's socket is adjustable with a turning wrist to be applicable with children's arms as they grow fast. The prosthetic hand is also controlled with muscles, which eliminates the surgical processes to connect with the human body.
The young CEO reportedly designed the first prototype, which is still under development by his team, when he was a student in École Nationale d'ingénieurs de Sousse.
"One team member had a cousin who was born without a hand and whose parents couldn't afford a prosthesis, especially as she was still growing up," he said.
The bionic arm can be customized whenever the user needs it so, thanks to the removable covers. The sensors attached to the arm detects muscle movement along with AI-based software.
Cure Bionics also enables the users to select the colors, shapes, and designs to customize their covers the way they want.
"We also a therapeutic solution that uses virtual reality and gamification allowing them to get rehabilitation but also training on how to use their future prosthetics," the website reads. At Cure, we believe superheroes don't wear capes but prosthetics.