Future recipients of 3D-printed prosthetic arms from UCF’s Limbitless Solutions will have new designs to choose from beginning in 2019, thanks to the makers of video games League of Legends and Halo.
Riot Games, creator and publisher of League of Legends, and 343 Industries, maker of Halo, collaborated with Limbitless Solutions to create seven new prosthetic-arm designs.
“It is so exciting to be able to add these new designs to the catalog for children to customize their arms,” said Albert Manero, CEO and co-founder of Limbitless Solutions. “It will unlock new expression and confidence for children, and we are so grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with these companies’ design teams.”
The collaboration with Riot spawned from an employee’s desire to support Limbitless and UCF, his alma mater.
Limbitless was founded in 2014 by Manero and a group of fellow students after a mother reached out to Manero for help in creating a prosthetic arm for her son who was born without most of his right arm.
In 2019, Limbitless’ prosthetic arm devices will be tested and studied in the first U.S. clinical trial of 3D-printed prosthetics for children. Twenty children will receive the latest arm devices and will get to select two sleeve designs from the catalog to customize their arm as part of the clinical trial, which may lead to future Food and Drug Administration clearance and coverage by insurance companies.