We’ve entered the record books for creating the world’s first prosthetic limb based on a videogame and transformed our good friend Dan Melville into a real-life Adam Jensen from Deus Ex, the cyberpunk videogame series set in a near-futuristic era of transhumanist body upgrades. Dan’s fully functional bionic arm doesn’t allow him to smash through walls, but it’s certainly smashing world records.
Dan Melville was born without a right arm and has been testing our bionic arms since 2014. “When I was growing up I wanted a bionic hand but they were too expensive,” said Dan. “The ‘bog standard’ NHS prosthetic hand did literally nothing. I felt more disabled, people could immediately work out it was a prosthetic. My NHS myoelectric hand with an open and close function wasn’t helpful for me. With the Open Bionic hands, people don’t say ‘What happened to your hand? It’s more like ‘Wow, that’s amazing. How does it work? What does it do?’”
For the Guinness World Record photoshoot, Dan sported attire similar to Jensen to complete the action hero look, including a long black coat and shades. We’re so grateful for Dan’s support as a volunteer tester of our bionic arms and we’re all excited to see what the future holds. As they say in Deus Ex: you can’t kill progress. Give us a follow on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram or sign up to receive emails and be the first to hear about our behind-the-scenes work and latest cutting-edge advancements.