I’ve been itching to tell you all, but wanted to keep a lid on this until it was 100% in the bag, that Colorado University, Boulder will be taking on the Bionic Project as part of their mechanical engineering graduate degree. Not only that, but Denver University’s engineering department have also expressed very strong interest in working on this project, and we’ll have a definite on that this coming week.
So at this stage, it’s looking very much like there will be two highly talented engineering teams collaborating on the Bionic Project over the next year. This means, all things going to plan, we should have a completed prototype ready to be taken into its first production run by May 2018!
This is an absolute god send as far as giving us access to extremely talented engineers and world class facilities at a fraction of the cost of industry pricing. Hence I’ve updated the fundraising goal for stage one of the Bionic Project to $30,000 which will cover the costs for both universities and facilities as well as some material costs. Once we get to prototyping stage, there will be additional material costs which will then become stage two of the fundraiser, but these will hopefully be significantly less than $30,000. We’ll then be looking to finance the initial production run through pre-orders.
This means we are already more than half way to meeting our $30,000 fundraising goal for stage one, having raised just over $18,000 to date. I would once again like to take this opportunity to say a great, big, huuuuge thank you to everyone who has donated to the Bionic Project so far, in particular, a small hand full of extremely generous donors, all of whom have been invited to be product testers when the time comes.
Having had no idea how two highly reputable universities would respond to this kind of a project, I have to say I’ve been totally blown away by their enthusiasm and support. It gives me great faith that in the last five years or so, we’ve come a long way in terms of social progress, and I’m really looking forward to being able to update you on the Bionic’s progress in the coming weeks. The future is indeed very bright!
…and yes that does say WIN! Raise more than $1000 by spreading the word and you WIN any existing Transthetics product of your choice as a thank you!*
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Wow. You are awesome Alex.
YOU are a godsend.
This is so rad!!!!
Thank you for what you do!
You are a true Blessing to our community ! Thank you for giving us something to look forward to
That is wonderful, thank you for all your effort!
Thats so awesome man. Cant wait to see! Let me know when its pre-orderable! Im waitin and ready
Do you plan anything similar for the guys who had metoidioplasty? If not, why? :(
It will depend on how adaptable the technology will be. If for instance, the erectile function ends up being hydraulic, ie moving fluid from a reservoir in the scrotum to the shaft, then this will mean it won’t be adaptable to guys with meta if they’ve had testicular implants. But one product at a time ;)
Oh man, this is huge. Congratulations! I’m looking forward to future updates. :)
Very exciting news!! Congrats on the progression of your project. History is being made. Thank you so much!!
Awesome news !! I’m looking forward each updates !
Question : what will happen at the airport with the metal detector ?
Again thanks for your hard work !!
Good question. At this stage, we’re still unsure. It’s definitely something we are keeping forefront of mind and will definitely give a warning on if it’s likely to cause issues.
What do you mean by initial production run? Trying to understand but I can’t come up with any guesses besides that it will only be available for a limited time
Initial means first.
I’m wondering how much something like this will cost once finished?
I’d say the $1000+ is probably realistic, but it’s hard to say at the moment. I know the surgery to place the magnets runs at around $5000, so a similar price to chest surgery. Ultimately, I’m hoping that insurance companies will be picking up at least part of the cost, seeing it is a legitimate prosthetic. In any case, it’s safe to say it will most definitely only be the fraction of the cost of lower surgery.
So soon as the product comes out the surgery will be available?
The surgery is already available.
Oh cool does the prosthetic look real? Til where no one can detect
That’s the idea :)
It may be to early to ask but do you know about what size the prosthetic will be?
Not exact sizes, but we’re aiming for “average” sizing in both flaccid and erect.
So this surgery to implant the magnets needed to adhere the prosthetic, how would you bring that up with a surgeon? What surgeon would you even go to and ask about it, would they need to have the prosthetic on hand during the surgery to know where to place the magnets? And on that note, do you think that the skin between the magnets would lose circulation from being ‘squished’ ?
I’m not really expecting you to have the answers, but if ya do that’s just a bonus.
Thankyou for everyone thing you’ve done for the community as well. If this prosthetic works out ( I am very confident it will ) it will genuinely be life saving and life changing for a lot of people, myself definitely included
There are a fairly large number of surgeons trained in the Cochlear Vista Fix system, so any of them would be able to perform this surgery. I will be able to supply a list of surgeons when I release the product that will already be aware of the prosthetic. And the magnet actually sits on top of your skin, much like a stud earing, not underneath it.
Oh okay i wasn’t aware the magnet was on top of the skin.
I’m in Australia by the way, I know you’re from round here so do you think the necessary surgery for this particular prosthetic will be more difficult to come by here?
Cochlear is actually an Australian company. I imagine there are a number of surgeons in the US that are trained in the Vista Fix system, but I’ll be sure to get a list from Cochlear when the time comes.
Hey Alex! Two quick questions; sorry if you’ve answered them before.
One: I saw on the prototype rough renderings that you were thinking of also including adhesives or some other alternative to the (forget the technical term, sorry) magnet surgery. Do you plan on these alternatives definitely being an option?
Two: How do you suppose the frontal view of the prosthetic will look? Obviously, cis guys’ penises just “blend” in with the rest of their body, etc. Is there any way to make the fact you’re wearing a prosthetic look more discrete?
There will be a few different attachment options with Vistafix very possibly being one of them. Front view should look completely natural. Most likely there will be hair on the pubic plate to disguise any seam lines.
Can a guy that only had clitoral realease surgery without the balls wear this?
As I can’t don’t know how this has affected the position of the clitoris/penis, it’s hard for me to say whether this would or wouldn’t still work.
Will this be available to buy next year? Is there a release date yet?
No release date yet, but will be keeping you posted on updates as long as you’re subscribed to the newsletter at http://transthetics.com/subscribe/
So how is it looking and I agree girth thicker and 7-8 flaccid. When is this gonna be on sale ?
There will not be a 7-8 inch flaccid.