In 2015, I started The Luke Hand project to help accelerate R&D for open source bionics
It became obvious to me that technology is failing people with hand amputations. The only bionic hands that are currently on the market either offer limited utility at an exorbitant price, or extremely limited utility for a moderate to cheap price. I knew that as a technologically innovative species, we could do better.
Inspired by Luke Skywalker's dexterous bionic hand, I created The Luke Hand open source project with the intention to help make science fiction science fact for people with hand amputations.
We started out with the ambitious goal of designing a hand with the functionality of a human for a 4-year-old within four years. Many supremely-talented and well-connected people joined the cause (you can read more about it on Medium). While we haven't yet achieved our goal (nor have any other companies, for that matter), we have catalyzed the creation of 3 functional prototypes.