Konami Partners With Open Bionics To Create MGS V Prosthetics

Kept you waiting, huh?

Pictured: Daniel Melville looking like a badass.

Konami and Open Bionics have announced that they’re partnering together to create prosthetic arms based on Metal Gear Solid V’s Venom Snake, which will aid below-elbow amputees. While the real life arm won’t have rocket punch attachments, it will help those in need to live a more normal life, so that’s better than any video game arm.


Wait, How Does This Work?

The Metal Gear Solid V is a magnetic, clip-on cover for the already existing Hero Arm, which is the world’s most affordable multi-grip bionic arm. Open Bionics use a combination of 3D printing, scanning and software to custom design each Hero Arm, which can then be accessorised. Apparently, according to Samantha Payne, COO and Co-founder of Open Bionics, MGS V arms have been hugely requested.

Since Open Bionics founded six years ago, Snake’s arm is one of the most requested cover designs for the Hero Arm, so 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.


A Real Life Metal Gear Solid V Arm?

Yes, because it’s out in the wild now already. The very first recipient of the Metal Gear Solid V arm is Daniel Melville, a 29-year old from Reading who was born without his right hand. Daniel has been wearing a Hero Arm for the past 3 years, but is the first person in the world to get the MGS V cover. In a press release regarding the news, Daniel has this to say: “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.”

If you’re an upper limb amputee and you’re interested in receiving a Hero Arm, you can register your interest on the Open Bionics website, while those who already own a Hero Arm can purchase the Venom Snake cover with delivery in time for Christmas.

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