AN INNOVATION based at Bristol Robotics Laboratory has been shortlisted out of 200 other pitches for a £50,000 prize.

Open Bionics has been named as one of the 25 innovations that will make the UK more accessible to the one in five people with disabilities and the start-up of four based at the Technology Business Incubator at Bristol Robotics Laboratory, is one of 25 designers to have been shortlisted for the Inclusive Technology prize.

Open Bionics, which is developing robotic prosthetics and hopes to be selling 3D printed hands within a year, is now in with the chance to win a £50,000 prize for a technology, product or service that enables disabled people in the UK better access to life’s opportunities.

Young design engineer of the year and Open Bionics CEO, Joel Gibbard, said, “We decided to enter the Inclusive Technology prize because we want to make a difference with our 3D printed, robotic hands for amputees everywhere.

"We believe there’s a huge need for affordable robotic prosthetics and we think we can help by using emerging technologies like 3D scanning and 3D printing to bring the cost down.”

The organization will take part in the mentoring stage of the competition with 24 other semi-finalists over the next three months, and then 10 finalists will be selected to develop prototypes ready for impact testing throughout 2015.

The winner will be announced in March 2016.