Limbitless Solutions, a research facility in the 小优视频鈥檚 research enterprise, was featured at the 2023 Adobe MAX conference, which drew over 10,000 attendees in-person in Los Angeles and 130,000 online at More than 100 corporate sponsors were in attendance, including leading technology companies like Google, Microsoft and TikTok. With generative artificial intelligence (AI) taking center stage at Adobe Max 2023, the talk at the Creative Park Theater stage focused on the role AI will continue to play in supporting non-profit organizations. While the AI session seated 100 people, over 250 additional attendees joined from the standing room section.

Utilizing 3D printing and in-house manufacturing, Limbitless develops and advances its bionic arm design, reducing the weight and cost compared to traditional devices. Patients also personalize their bionic arms by customizing interchangeable magnetic 鈥渟leeves鈥 as tools for their personal expression. Powered by philanthropy and corporate partnerships, Limbitless Solutions provides these bionic arms to children at no cost to their families through clinical trials with hospitals nationwide. Limbitless Solutions operates as a uniquely interdisciplinary environment with opportunities for more than 50 undergraduate students across many of 小优视频鈥檚 colleges, from art to medicine and public relations to computer science.

Led by 小优视频 faculty members Matt Dombrowski ’05 鈥08MFA with 小优视频鈥檚 and Peter Smith 鈥05MS 鈥12PhD with 小优视频鈥檚 , Limbitless also creates its own video games and uniquely leverages video game-based training that converts muscle flexing into the video game character’s actions.

In addition to the stage presentation at this year鈥檚 conference, Limbitless also had the unique opportunity to have an art exhibit in Adobe鈥檚 鈥淐reative Park.鈥 The reimagined Creative Park brought conference attendees together in new ways with intentional networking neighborhoods, community activations hosted by sponsors, customer spotlights, and a showcase on how purpose-driven creativity is making a positive impact around the world. The Limbitless bionic arms, with the unique interchangeable cosmesis designs, were represented to showcase the design and integration of art and technology. 小优视频 SVAD undergraduate students and past Limbitless bionic kids were also featured in the display.

Limbitless Solutions鈥 art display was featured in the Creative Neighborhoods exhibit, designated as a Purpose-Driven Creator
Limbitless Solutions鈥 art display was featured in the Creative Neighborhoods exhibit, designated as a Purpose-Driven Creator. Image courtesy of Adobe

This is the fourth time Limbitless Solutions was recognized at Adobe MAX for its unique approach to providing affordable, multi-gesture bionic prosthetics for children through innovative technology. In 2018, Dombrowski, Limbitless creative director, and Limbitless Co-founder and Executive Director Albert Manero 鈥12 鈥14MS 鈥16PhD, were invited to speak at a breakout session focused on non-profit STEAM research. Dombrowski returned to Adobe MAX in 2019 to co-keynote EduMAX with then SVAD undergraduate student and Limbitless art intern Anna Stafford 19BFA. That same year,  Limbitless鈥 Bionic Kid comic and bionic arms were , sparking what would eventually become a celebrated partnership between the two organizations.

In 2020, Adobe committed a $100,000 grant to support plans for expanding the Limbitless Lab at 小优视频 鈥 a program-changing gift. Limbitless Branding Director Mrudula Peddinti 鈥18 co-led a session at the all-virtual Adobe MAX that year. Since then, Adobe has continued to support training and access for students. The application of generative technologies allows for enhanced concept art generation and digital storytelling in a powerful way, something Limbitless hopes to continue to implement as it serves more patients. Dombrowski, named one of Adobe鈥檚 2023 Creators to Watch, pushed to incorporate these technologies since Adobe Firefly鈥檚 initial beta testing launch was featured in Forbes.

AI generative effects around a bionic arm, supporting the change in perceptions and stigmas of prosthetics and design.
AI generative effects are shown around a bionic arm and support the change in perceptions and stigmas of prosthetics and design. Image courtesy of Limbitless Solutions

鈥淲ith Firefly, even non-traditional artists can contribute to creative conversations鈥, Dombrowski says. 鈥淭hat鈥檚 incredibly valuable for an organization like ours that creates something both highly technical and highly emotive.鈥

Limbitless Solutions believes that generative AI can support more creative and expressive storytelling, adding digital effects previously difficult to bring to life.

鈥淎t Limbitless we like to say we don鈥檛 view collaboration as just working with companies. We work with people,鈥 Dombrowski says. 鈥淲e are grateful for the people who have joined us in amplifying the voices of students and underserved communities through the power of creativity and technology. We look forward to continuing that creative journey into the future.鈥