Joel Gibbard lives in Bristol, UK. He was passionate about robotics from an early age and has always been fascinated by technology. In 2011 he achieved a first class honours degree in Robotics from the University of Plymouth, UK. This was in part due to his final year project in which he designed a low-cost prosthetic hand for upper limb amputees. This has now developed into the Open Hand Project; a crowd funded, open source initiative which aims to get amputees using these low-cost devices.