“Iron Man” actor Robert Downey Jr. gave an incredible surprise to a 7-year-old boy with a partially developed arm, and footage from the awesome encounter has now gone viral.
Mechanical engineer Albert Manero founded the volunteer group Limitless Solutions, and the aim is to give people 3D-printed bionic limbs and make their designs available for free use to others. Manero was able to create an Iron Man arm for 7-year-old Alex Pring, who was born with a partially developed right arm, but instead of giving the arm to the superhero-obsessed boy himself, Manero had Iron Man do it for him.
In the viral clip, Robert Downey Jr. meets Pring in a room, and the little boy is obviously star struck.
“Hey Alex, how are you? I have another bionics expert on hand so I thought I’d drop by,” Downey Jr. said. “Nice bow tie by the way.”
The two then sit on a couch, and the actor opens up two cases, each with a bionic Iron Man arm.
“Each one looks the same,” Pring points out.
“Actually, I think yours might be better than mine,” Downey Jr. responded. “What do you say we both try them on, do a progress report?”
Downey encounters a technical issue with his bionic arm, but the little boy has no trouble with his arm. In fact, Pring appears to be over the moon about his new arm and his encounter with Iron Man himself.
By the end of the clip, the two fist bump with their bionic arms, and the actor thanks Manero for his work. The video was created by Microsoft and The Collective Project, which aims to showcase great work that students are doing.
Reports note that the bionic arm Manero built only cost $300 in materials.