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Cocreat 3D [very stylish 3D printing arm/hand startup]

Cocreat 3D now sets out to print prosthetic arms/hands. Great designs! And not just that.

Scott J. Grunewald at 3dprint presents a superbly written article that is extremely unusual for its very authentic and clear content, far off the totally confused if not misguided direction that usual media hypes convey:

While working 3D printed hands and mechanical limb replacements have been getting a lot of attention lately, in reality they aren’t really for everyone or for every situation. Motorized prostheses are extremely expensive, require regular maintenance, and are considered by some people who do not have upper body limbs to be more trouble than they are worth. Many people who are missing arms or hands actually have multiple prosthetic devices for different situations, or even eschew them entirely. Additionally people often assume, if someone is missing a limb or has any sort of noticeable disability, that something happened to them when in actuality it often it is something that has been part of them since birth. The automatic assumption that missing a limb makes someone broken and needs to be fixed is frankly a rather onerous one and it is high time that the behavior be addressed. The fact is, most disabled people don’t have the luxury of “fixing” their disability and rightly resent the implication that they are required to do so. Subtle forms of ableism like excessive displays of pity of being inspired by someone with a disability because they “manage” having a disability can often be rather demoralizing and actually have the opposite intended effect. Whereas someone choosing how to present and acknowledge their disability is actually an important personal statement that shouldn’t be taken from them. So while 3D printing is giving an entire generation of people access to useful and affordable prosthetic and assistive devices, it has also given them the ability to define the nature of their device and customize it to their personal needs. And because 3D printing is so inexpensive in comparison to traditionally manufactured prosthetics, it also offers the opportunity to consider personal aesthetics. It is that new freedom that has inspired a Colombian 3D printing business to create a series of 3D printable prosthetic devices designed to be seen and noticed. “We present a series of 3D printable passive prosthesis designed for upper limb amputees. We aim to make uncommon prosthesis that are not meant to be hidden but to be shown without shame,” explained designer and Cocreat3D CEO Esteban Velásquez Rendón. Cocreat3D is still in the prototyping phase of their design process and currently has only printed scaled down versions of the prosthetic devices, but they should be available soon. The prosthetic devices can be custom fit to the wearer’s arm using 3D scanning and 3D modelling technology, and of course be printed in any color or material desired. And given the wide variety of materials that are available, including metallics, neon, and wood, many of these designs could be quite striking. While Rendón’s devices will not be the first passive or decorative prosthetic limbs to be 3D printed, they are the first that seem to be aiming to create a line of products that can be adapted to any user, not designed for a specific person. And as the cost of 3D printers and materials continues to drop, small-scale, personalized manufacturing is made more accessible to almost anyone. 3D printing technology is leading to the democratization of design and manufacturing and having a very real impact on multiple industries and communities. And now a community that is often marginalized and forced to have their mobility, experiences, and lifestyles defined for them is being given the tools to take that power back for themselves, even in such small, seemingly insignificant (to those without disabilities) ways.

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Äkta människor – Real Humans [TV series review; spoiler alert]

The Real Humans TV series is a Swedish production that follows and highlights the existences if not lives of some normal people, of one person with a “bionic” brain implant to enhance his mental functions (see ‘human enhancement’), of a few robots that are very human-like but yet restricted in what they can do, and of a few other robots that have achieved a rather far reaching likeness to humans through hacks or modified software that also is considered illegal. To complicate matters further, the story plot contains violence, it contains robot viruses that infects them and renders them dangerous and unpredictable and it contains digital clones – robots that contain parts of the brain content of real people, and that mimic these real people to a degree – alongside with real people that at times dress and act as robots, as well as real people that prefer to have (deviant) sex with robots rather than with humans. The series is brimming with variations under the “people versus robot” theme.

With that, the TV series itself is one hell of an incredible watch.

It is far better than Dexter, Six Feet Under, Breaking Bad and Homeland in conjunction – in other words, this series is one hot mess. What and who is good and bad switches constantly. But that aside, a few points are touched that also cover the area of prosthetic arms, possibly of “bionic” or also human like parts.

For those that will not want to wait, Amazon France has both seasons already ready to order, on Bluray with Swedish and French audio and French subtitles, to be shipped after May 2014:

Also (below), spoiler alert. You have been warned. Images Copyright (C) SVT Swedish Television.

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If only for one second [dream about it?]

The following idea of the Mimi Foundation is what makes this subject worth exploring:

“You know what I miss the most? Being carefree.” Here is the sentence that inspired the “if only for a second” project. June 17th, 2013 , the Mimi Foundation in collaboration with Leo Burnett France, invited 20 cancer patients to participate in a unique makeover experience . This film shows the adventure.

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People are people are people are people [shop window mannequins: incredibly good campaign]

[Article in German]

And as soon as one believes that one has seen it all – screetch, something new comes up that is so unbelievably good.

Because since a while, I do not visit real clothes or shoe shops so often any more. Every now and then maybe, but much rather, I order stuff on-line. With a visible handicap, Zurich’s clothes or shoe shops just may not be the best place to go or be.

By far the worst, of course, is the Walder shoe shop in the Glatt shopping center. Usually, at least one shoe sales force employee takes it upon herself to take a hard unabashed observant stare at me, from safe distance, while I struggle to bind the shoe in an attempt to try them on. The. Shoe. Singular (not plural). Simply because I usually don’t make it past one shoe. The staring there is not comfortable. Maybe, I want to feel at ease? Maybe, I just want to try on a few shoes and not be bothered in that way? But not always one has to bear getting started at by one employee. It also happened that three of them stood next to each other, lined up, at a safe 5 meter distance, to take a full, unabridged, entirely frame filling Baroque stare at me while I tried on some type of winter boot. Three staring idiots, that is not negotiable with me. No embarrassment there, no remorse, and definitely no apology. That is an aspect of shopping in and around Zurich.

So, I do hate going to these shops, rarely are sales people a true help there. More often, they wreck my day. In many regards, not buying anything there is more likely to make my days rich and beautiful. And to arrive there, as people that run shops, and that attempt to sell their stuff, is an achievement on its own, one has to hand them that. There are rare exceptions, really great clothes or shoe sales people that treat me as an adult customer. These exist. Just to so frequently.

But now, there are these shape variations in shop window mannequins. One has to see these.

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