Joel started work on robotic hands as a teenager. Since then he’s designed hundreds of prototypes and assembled a team of engineers to help him bring his vision of affordable bionic hands to fruition. Joel has shared his ideas at TEDx and ‘Hello Tomorrow’ and has pioneered a movement of affordable and open source bionic prosthetics.
Early experience of robotics led Joel Gibbard to explore ways of making advanced prosthetics available to more people by using the potential of 3D printing and off-the-shelf components.
As the founder and chief executive of Open Bionics, Gibbard is now looking at ways of making prosthetics ‘superhuman’, to address difficulties that he thinks other developers neglect in their efforts to make their systems mimic natural limbs more closely.