The brief was to push the boundaries of upper-limb prosthetic design and improve functionality.
We worked with a transradial amputee who shared the frustrations and joys of using her prosthetic in everyday life. We also talked to health-care professionals who work closely with amputees.
Our insight from research was that when you have a functioning hand paired with a prosthetic the prosthetic is primarily an assistant to the dominate hand. The hand handles the detailed work while the prosthetic holds, grips or secures. This led to the concept of a curling prosthetic hand, unlimited by current form-factors.
A motor and pulley system paired with the form of each individual segment allow for the Prosthetic to curl at the touch of a button.
Challenging the meaning of Prosthetics
Not all prosthetics need to imitate the human hand. Through understanding how prosthetics are used we can begin to challenge what came before and create new visions of the future.
This project has been featured in many online outlets and books over the years. To name a few:
'Beastly Bionics' — National Geographic Kids