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3D-printed robotic arm leads The Force in Star Wars fashion collection

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As any Star Wars fan would know, there’s a scene in The Empire Strikes Back where Luke Skywalker loses his hand during an epic lightsaber battle with Darth Vader, only later to have it replaced by a bionic version courtesy of a medical droid.

That piece of film history, released in 1980 no less, has inspired many a prosthetics company since. This time, it’s Open Bionics, with a 3D-printed arm created as part of a fashion collection called Fashion Finds the Force, which honours the new Star Wars The Force Awakens film, due for release in December.

The prosthetic accompanies a jumpsuit embedded with 10,000 Swarovski crystals created by British fashion designer Claire Barrow, and based on the idea of visually representing the “jump to hyperspace” (lightspeed travel through the Star Wars universe in the Millennium Falcon spacecraft). In order to match, the arm has 24 LED lights that can be programmed to light up in different patterns and colours.

Rather than just aesthetically fitting the theme, however, it is also fully functional. Head over to Forbes to read the full story.

By Rachel Arthur

Rachel Arthur is Editor-in-Chief of Current Daily, the leading news source for fashion, retail and innovation, and the co-host of its weekly Innovators podcast. She otherwise serves as Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Current Global, a transformation consultancy driving growth within fashion luxury and retail. By background she is an award-winning business journalist and consultant, contributing to titles including Wired, Forbes and Business of Fashion.

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