Eidos-Montréal, the award-winning video game studio that brought life to the Deus Ex franchise, Open Bionics, the award-winning robotics start-up and Razer, a leader in connected devices and software for gamers have teamed up to bring Deus Ex inspired prosthetics to life. Their partnership will allow them to bridge the gap between fiction and reality. By combining the expertise of each company, they intend to make stylish robotic bionic hands and prosthesis accessible to larger audiences. Eidos-Montréal and Open Bionics will provide the blueprints and designs for their prosthetics royalty-free, granting anyone the ability to access and use them whenever they wish.
Deus Ex Universe
Although this is a fictional universe, the games depict a near future where humans are equipped with enhanced capability prosthetics and has been recognized for being at the forefront of discussions on bionic augmentations and transhumanism.
Joe Gibbard, the CEO of Open Bionics expressed,
“Working with Deus Ex to re-imagine the future of bionic prosthetics has been a fantastic creative process. It is has been made even better by seeing people wear the bionic arms and get so much enjoyment out of it. This collaboration goes to show how bright the future of bionics is. We feel lucky to have been able to work with the design team at Deus Ex. They’ve been incredibly generous with their time and ideas throughout this project. We’re excited to see this relationship continue to grow.”
Eidos-Montréal’s team of artists have been developing state of the art designs that are inspired by the Deux Ex Universe, as well as the characters that can be found within. For example, the main protagonist of the series, Adam Jensen, was the inspiration for both the Titan Arm and the Adam Arm prostheses. These and other models will be available for adults and children, with a variety of models being developed for men and women.
Razer’s “Stargazer” camera will allow people to digitally “try on” the arm at events which enables the real-time demonstration of how the arm would look and move if an individual were actually using it.
Razer’s Co-founder and CEO, Ming-Liang Tan explained,
“We’re excited to contribute to this incredible partnership with the Razer Stargazer. As the world’s most advanced webcam, it is a precise hand tracking solution that allows everyone to experience first-hand the future of augmentations.”
The bionic arms will be available for viewing at multiple events, including E3 and Gamescom and will be releasing in 2017.
Learn more about the project here: http://www.augmentedfuture.com/
Source: Games Press and Square Enix Public Relations.
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