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Fri 11 May 2018 14:00 at Watershed Cinema one


From science fiction to reality: How Open Bionics creates bionic limbs from video games and movies for amputees

This lunchtime talk Open Bionics co-founder Sammy Payne will discuss how science fiction and popular culture inspired the team at Open Bionics.

Photo by Open Bionics

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Samantha Payne

Samantha is the co founder of Open Bionics, an award-winning startup 3D printing robotic hands for amputees that look and feel good. Open Bionics has won multiple awards for engineering and innovation, including the James…

Dan Melville

Dan runs a 3D printing business called Handy Dan’s, that was born out of his love of technology and passion for art & design. What initially started as a hobby has gradually grown into a career. Dan also does 3D printing workshops, working with children to help bring their creations to life and teaching the about the wonders of 3D printing, what it can do for them and for others. He is a tester and Ambassador for Open Bionics.

This talk will be BSL interpreted and live captions will be provided by Stage Text

Open Bionics are a Bristol based company developing assistive and affordable robotic technologies that enhance the human body. Co-founder and Pervasive Media Studio resident Sammy Payne will discuss how science fiction and popular culture inspired the team at Open Bionics to create artificial limbs from the realms of video games and Disney universes. Open Bionics launch their first 3D printed bionic arm, the Hero Arm, on April 25th, 2018.

Sammy will be joined by Daniel Melville, the first Hero Arm user who has helped Open Bionics throughout their journey of co-creation and co-design. Dan runs a 3D printing business called Handy Dan’s, that was born out of his love of technology and passion for art & design. 

Open Bionics champions inclusive design, quality engineering, and personal style. Through this approach Open Bionics hopes to create a legacy of bionic limbs that limb different people are proud to wear.

This lunchtime talk will take place in one of Watershed’s Cinemas, after which you are welcome to join us for Open Studio Friday which takes place in the Pervasive Media Studio every week.

Do you want to find out what is going on at the Pervasive Media Studio? Are you interested in meeting our residents, talking about a specific project or curious about pervasive media? Why not pack a sandwich and join us for one of our Lunchtime Talks and Open Studio Friday. Lunchtime Talks are informal presentations by Studio residents and associates. They normally take place at 1pm on Friday, are free and open to everybody who’s interested in what we do. After the Talk, we also invite you to stay with us for the afternoon to continue the conversation or work on your own projects. We provide chairs, tables, wireless and a great space. You bring what you need to work with (laptop/mobile). Our open afternoons close at 5pm. Let us know if you’d like a tour of the space and we'll be happy to show you around just before the talk. Send an email to:studio@watershed.co.uk to book your place on a tour.

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