A 10-year-old boy is getting just what he wanted for Christmas this year: a 3D-printed bionic hand.
Cameron Millar, of Edinburgh, Scotland, was born without a right hand. He says he has trouble playing with his toys and musical instruments, and can't wait to try on his new prosthetic.
With crowdfunding help from Scottish radio station Radio Forth, Cameron got the 10,000 pounds (13,300 USD) needed for his new hand.
The prosthetic is the first of its kind to be medically-approved in Europe and the US. Developed by Bristol-based company Open Bionics, the tool is also the first bionic hand built in sizes small enough for children. The company designs with a younger clientele in mind, creating prosthetics inspired by superheroes and other characters. Open Bionics says their aim is to make prosthetics affordable.
According to CEO Joel Gibbard, the hand works by taking cues from the owner's arm muscles, using sensors inside the socket to read muscles and control finger movements.
Cameron's mother, Margaret, says her son showed signs of being right-side dominant at a young age. When he was a toddler, he would reach his right arm out for objects as if to grab them, not understanding why he couldn't.
Among other things, Cameron's now looking forward to emulating his favorite Star Wars character, Luke Skywalker.
"He has a bionic hand," says Cameron of his Jedi hero, "like how I'm going to be having a bionic hand, so I'm going to feel a lot like Luke Skywalker."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.