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Robohand: where are they now?

Regular Springwise readers may wonder why Robohand isn’t ringing any bells. This is because the project was originally known as Coming Up Short Handed, before adopting their catchier new mantle. The two founders, Richard Van As and Ivan Owens, came together to form the project because they wanted to build inexpensive prosthetics to offer an alternative to the expensive models available on the market. Back when we first covered it, the project was in its early stages and the two men had only built a prosthetic prototype. Since this starting point they have made considerable progress, despite the fact that their team consists of just the two of them, as Ivan attests: ‘We started with no employees, just a project involving two guys. We are still just the same two fellows doing work with the support of our families.’