Man, 29, born without arm gets incredible video game-inspired bionic limb

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A man who was born without an arm has been given an incredible bionic arm inspired by the video game, Metal Gear Solid.

Daniel Melville, 29, from Reading, now sports an official Metal Gear Solid ‘Venom Snake’ bionic arm.

The stunning device clips was designed by gaming giant Konami Digital Entertainment, and clips onto Open Bionics’ ‘Hero Arm’, which is the world’s most affordable multi-grip bionic arm.

Mr Melville said: “This is unbelievable. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted from a bionic arm. I’m an avid gamer and love Metal Gear Solid so much and to actually have Snake’s arm in real life is just insane.”

Venom Snake is the protagonist of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, who lost his arm in an explosion and wears an iconic red and black bionic arm, complete with detachable missiles and gadgets.

Daniel Melville, 29, from Reading, now sports an official Metal Gear Solid ‘Venom Snake’ bionic arm
(Image: openbionics)

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Thankfully, while Mr Melville’s version looks much like Venom Snake’s, it isn’t equipped with any weapons!

Takayuki Kubo, President of Konagi Digital Entertainment, said: “We’re incredibly excited to collaborate with Open Bionics, who are at the cutting edge of robotics. We’re thrilled to see the iconic Metal Gear aesthetic of Venom Snake and his bionic arm burst out of the screen and come to life, in a dynamic fusion of technology and design that is changing the lives of upper limb amputees all over the world.”

According to Open Bionics, Venom Snake’s arm has been one of the most requested cover designs for the Hero Arm.

The stunning device clips was designed by gaming giant Konami Digital Entertainment, and clips onto Open Bionics’ ‘Hero Arm’, which is the world’s most affordable multi-grip bionic arm
(Image: openbionics)

Venom Snake’s arm has been one of the most requested cover designs for the Hero Arm
(Image: openbionics)

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Samantha Payne, COO and co-founder of Open Bionics, said: “We’re delighted to offer this to our users and grateful to KONAMI for collaborating to make fiction a reality.

“This collaboration came about from a mutual appreciation of art, science, and technology. It’s pure joy to see this piece of engineering and art impact a person’s life. Upper limb amputees can sign-up for a Hero Arm on our website.”

Upper limb amputees interested in getting a Hero Arm can register interest at www.openbionics.com/sign-up.

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