Cyborg Beast Partners with BoaFebruary 1, 2017
Boa Technology Inc. Partners With Cyborg Beast To Deliver Upper Extremity Prosthetics to Amputees Worldwide.
Boa repurposes and donates all of its functional prototype parts for use by Cyborg Beast's research group.
DENVER, CO (February 2017) – Innovators of the award-winning Boa® System, Boa® Technology Inc. is proud to partner with the inventors of Cyborg Beast prosthetic devices, whose mission is to create and deliver low-cost prosthetic solutions to underserved populations and to educate and support medical institutions to offer more accessible solutions for amputees.
Boa repurposes and donates all of its functional prototype parts and recyclable components for use by Cyborg Beast’s research group to enhance prosthetic hands, wrists and arms with the ability to quickly and efficiently adjust the grasp strength and opening without the need for tools.
Prosthetic arms and hands can be very expensive and a device that functions similarly costs between $4,000-$10,000. Through the efficient use of 3D printed parts and component contribution from Boa and other partners, Cyborg Beast prosthetics average $50 in materials cost and are offered free to the end user.
“Boa has been an incredibly valuable supporter of the Cyborg Beast project,” says Dr. Jorge Zuniga, creator of the Cyborg Beast design. “Thanks to their donations, nearly one hundred people, many of them children – have been paired with low-cost, 3D printed prosthetics based on our design. Simply put, their donated components are improving lives in a significant way.”
Boa-powered Cyborg Beast devices have been placed throughout the United States and as far-reaching as Nigeria and Chile. The device design is available online as open-source software to allow others to produce prosthetics at the closest available 3D printer.
“It is an honor to be involved with the Cyborg Beast team and their game-changing devices,” says Bret Bostock, Global Category Manager for Boa’s medical division. “They are a generous group that set out to make this design available to anyone in need. We had the opportunity to provide the Boa components to further functionality and durability on the already life-changing device, and we knew we had to act.”
As of August 2016, Dr. Zuniga and the Cyborg Beast research team joined the Department of Biomechanics at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The transition has allowed for greater access to state-of-the-art facilities, engineers, and industrial grade 3D printers for the development of new generations of 3D printed prosthetic devices.