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Alita Battle Angel [review - SPOILER ALERT]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Alita Battle Angel [review - SPOILER ALERT]; published August 10, 2019, 06:19; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9815.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569216544, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Alita Battle Angel [review - SPOILER ALERT]}}, month = {August},year = {2019}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9815}}


This is a review of Alita Battle Angel [link] from view of a right below elbow amputee (see title of this blog maybe?). Herewith, I also issue a SPOILER ALERT.

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Extreme Cyborging (prosthetic arms) [new brand name / new concept]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Extreme Cyborging (prosthetic arms) [new brand name / new concept]; published November 25, 2016, 18:45; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=6505.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569216544, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Extreme Cyborging (prosthetic arms) [new brand name / new concept]}}, month = {November},year = {2016}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=6505}}


"With the bionic hand people would be like, hey im sorry for your loss. With the hook hand people would be whispering ‘shit man, that guy probably tried to kill someone important in somalia, and got his hand ripped off by an elephant guard’. Whats cooler than that?" DOYFH on http://www.holytaco.com/drunken-argument-friday-prosthetic-hand-or-hook-hand/

  • So without further ado, I herewith offer you the new virtual online event of Extreme Cyborging.

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Seven subjects that I learned about from being a right below elbow amputee [very humorous, maybe]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Seven subjects that I learned about from being a right below elbow amputee [very humorous, maybe]; published November 18, 2016, 14:21; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=6801.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569216544, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Seven subjects that I learned about from being a right below elbow amputee [very humorous, maybe]}}, month = {November},year = {2016}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=6801}}


There are a number of blog entries that trivialize, humorize, satirize or otherwise make medical drama more accessible, tangible or seemingly easy to bear.

Like, "the 80 things I learned after suffering a bee sting", or, "12 things I learned through having a fever". Even, "70 things I learned from having a (benign) brain tumor removed" Read More

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Real prosthetic arm research to finally resolve existing problems [research]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Real prosthetic arm research to finally resolve existing problems [research]; published August 5, 2016, 07:49; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=6302.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569216544, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Real prosthetic arm research to finally resolve existing problems [research]}}, month = {August},year = {2016}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=6302}}


Newly appointed Kenneth Pitoskin, professor of engineering, who has a background in surgery, automative design and materials sciences ("one cannot have enough knowhow under the hood"), said that it was time to put the ongoing drama regarding prosthetic arms to an end.

"We will build prosthetic arms that 90% of arm amputees will actually want to wear", he stated.

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Hosmer Model 6 Work Hook [tweak / improvement / backlock feature]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Hosmer Model 6 Work Hook [tweak / improvement / backlock feature]; published June 2, 2016, 11:47; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=6102.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569216544, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Hosmer Model 6 Work Hook [tweak / improvement / backlock feature]}}, month = {June},year = {2016}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=6102}}


The Hosmer Model 6 Work Hook is by far the most robust, powerful and useful commercially available terminal device for real work, besides the Toughware PRX V2P Prehensor and the Toughware PRX Retro. This Hosmer device is particularly useful due to the backlock feature that allows the user to reliably hold also relatively heavy machines for an extended period of time (such as hedge cutters).

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What to do once your arm has mindboggling amounts of DOF but your stump can only address 2-3 ? [tech scifi stuff]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - What to do once your arm has mindboggling amounts of DOF but your stump can only address 2-3 ? [tech scifi stuff]; published March 8, 2016, 19:08; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=5779.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569216544, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - What to do once your arm has mindboggling amounts of DOF but your stump can only address 2-3 ? [tech scifi stuff]}}, month = {March},year = {2016}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=5779}}


Currently, media are swamped with the display of what they call "phantom limb project" (really not the first time that someone uses "phantom" for a prosthetic arm; read about my Becker Phantom hand from 3 years ago right here). So apparently, some prosthetic technician spent major amounts of time trying to construct this computer game look-a-like arm to a degree where its user apparently considers that he is a cyborg with an additional "cyborg mother", as if prosthetic parts have parents, too. Yeah, and my website also has a "cyborg father". If you listen for him, you might hear him breathe, "...khhhhh-ccccchhhhhhhhh-khhhhhhh-czzzzzh...".

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Where is Amber Case, when we need her.

Now, while that Metal Gear inspired prosthetic arm design worn by James Young certainly does not look like it is going to wreck major brick walls any time soon, they might explore entirely different aspects of such equipment.

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TRS Ski-2 Terminal Device [first test]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - TRS Ski-2 Terminal Device [first test]; published February 29, 2016, 11:39; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=5731.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569216544, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - TRS Ski-2 Terminal Device [first test]}}, month = {February},year = {2016}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=5731}}


I had ordered a TRS Ski-2 terminal device a while back but only now got around to actually mounting it and putting it to use. It is a great device for the demanding skier.

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Sports and disability (circular approach) [how to start and get better at sports considering below the elbow amputation]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Sports and disability (circular approach) [how to start and get better at sports considering below the elbow amputation]; published August 12, 2015, 20:00; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=5460.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569216544, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Sports and disability (circular approach) [how to start and get better at sports considering below the elbow amputation]}}, month = {August},year = {2015}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=5460}}


It would be a miracle, or a wonder, if I would just be able to *blam* do any type of sport that I would think up. Or you. Or anyone else, as a matter of fact.

No, really, the correct approach to doing sports and being able to enjoy it is different.

One has to approach things carefully and with very open eyes. One has to do that at any level! You do not want silly accidents, disappointments or set backs that are major. You just want to glide in and slowly get better. And no drastic situations, break downs or damages.

There is probably a method to that.

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ISPO 2015 - review of relevant abstracts [review]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - ISPO 2015 - review of relevant abstracts [review]; published August 3, 2015, 19:18; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=5106.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569216544, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - ISPO 2015 - review of relevant abstracts [review]}}, month = {August},year = {2015}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=5106}}


Abstracts ISPO 2015

The ISPO had their annual conference in Lyon.

I took the time to collect and comment on some of their scientific abstracts that pertain to technical right below the elbow amputee issues (what, again, was the name of this website?).

All abstracts and images below are cited from the published source [1].

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[1] [doi] "Abstract Book," Prosthetics and Orthotics International, vol. 39, iss. 1 suppl, pp. 2-608, 2015.
[Bibtex]
@article{ispo2015abstracts,
title = {Abstract Book},
volume = {39}, 
number = {1 suppl}, 
pages = {2-608}, 
year = {2015}, 
doi = {10.1177/0309364615591101}, 
URL = {http://poi.sagepub.com/content/39/1_suppl/2.short}, 
eprint = {http://poi.sagepub.com/content/39/1_suppl/2.full.pdf+html}, 
journal = {Prosthetics and Orthotics International} 
}

Kommentar zur Bachelorarbeit "Händigkeit - Prothese Raum Bewegung" von XXXXX, Bachelorstudiengang XXXX, XXXX School of Design, XXXXX, XXX, betreut von XXXX, im Lehrgebiet XXXXX

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Kommentar zur Bachelorarbeit "Händigkeit - Prothese Raum Bewegung" von XXXXX, Bachelorstudiengang XXXX, XXXX School of Design, XXXXX, XXX, betreut von XXXX, im Lehrgebiet XXXXX; published July 29, 2015, 10:37; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=5174.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569216544, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Kommentar zur Bachelorarbeit "Händigkeit - Prothese Raum Bewegung" von XXXXX, Bachelorstudiengang XXXX, XXXX School of Design, XXXXX, XXX, betreut von XXXX, im Lehrgebiet XXXXX}}, month = {July},year = {2015}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=5174}}


Zusammenfassung

Dies ist ein Kommentar zur Bachelorarbeit "XXXXX" von XXXX, betreut von XXXX, im Lehrgebiet XXXX.

Immer wieder gibt es erfinderische Zeitgenossen, die bestehende Ideen zu neuen Konzepten aufbereiten und so in der Gestaltung vorwärts streben. Immer wieder aber passiert das auch nicht.

Eine Person unter Verwendung des Namens XXXXX gelangte am 27. Mai 2015 an mich, um von mir eine Kopie von Doreen Hädickes Diplomarbeit (link) zu bekommen. Dies ist insofern seltsam, als Doreen Hädicke damals keinesfalls wollte, dass ihre Arbeit im Internet einfach heruntergeladen und plagiarisiert würde.

Ich nehme hier also Bezug auf die am 29.7.2015 auf XXXX veröffentlichte "XXX Thesis" mit dem obengenannten Titel.

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Bimanual activities beyond comfort zone - bike tour over Stelvio Pass [yoo hoo]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Bimanual activities beyond comfort zone - bike tour over Stelvio Pass [yoo hoo]; published July 5, 2015, 10:27; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=5030.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569216544, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Bimanual activities beyond comfort zone - bike tour over Stelvio Pass [yoo hoo]}}, month = {July},year = {2015}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=5030}}


Usually, the simple and bare if not almost violent beauty of hard work gets forgotten. This is, when one focuses only on "bionic" arms which seems to be a current societal and academic obsession.

Prosthetic arms are only really needed, however, and that is if one does a truly bimanual activity. That is something one can not really do that well with one arm. Given that other bikers bike one armed, my aging body does a lot better with posture correction on the bike (link) and a more rather than less symmetric posture. With that I use a Mert arm (link) to ride my bike(s) (link) which I do entirely recreationally (link). Recreationally does not mean this is easy, or easy to accomplish, or, mild, or boring, or in any other way accessible for the average pansy boy equipped with the average myo arm. Just so we got that out of the way.

So, last week, I biked up, from Prad (South Tyrolia / Alto Adige, Italy), to the Stelvio Pass (from Wikipedia: the Stelvio Pass (Italian: Passo dello Stelvio; German: Stilfser Joch) is a mountain pass in northern Italy, at an elevation of 2,757 m (9,045 ft) above sea level. It is the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps, and the second highest in the Alps, just 13 m (43 ft) below France's Col de l'Iseran (2,770 m (9,088 ft)), over the Umbrail Pass, via Santa Maria, Mustair and Glurns back to Prad, where we then attended the swimming pool.

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Trimming hedges with Hosmer 6 work hook and 2,7 kg cutter in 37 deg C sunny summer [achievement / benchmark report]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Trimming hedges with Hosmer 6 work hook and 2,7 kg cutter in 37 deg C sunny summer [achievement / benchmark report]; published July 4, 2015, 23:33; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=5013.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569216544, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Trimming hedges with Hosmer 6 work hook and 2,7 kg cutter in 37 deg C sunny summer [achievement / benchmark report]}}, month = {July},year = {2015}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=5013}}


Bimanual activities that require a prosthetic arm (one with industrial qualities) often times evade the prosthetist, the societal arm chair citizen, the academic researchers, the media makers that "use" amputees as stereotypes, in many aspects - one risks to overlook the simple glory, the sunshine that goes with doing it, the hardness of it, the pride. And the fact that it requires putting one's mind to something that is not just as self understood as it may appear.

What seems to be never considered is the fact that I really need a prosthetic arm for actual bimanual activities. It is for these situations where there is a need to work two-handedly, where a prosthetic arm attains a deeper relevance and importance. And it is not just me, that as a need there, actually. That is the type of stuff one generally needs a prosthetic arm for. Those activities are the ones where insurances usually tend to agree to pay for a prosthetic arm - a prosthetic arm that works through these tasks, mind you: hard work, repetitive work, two hands required, very hot, very cold, dangerous. Leaving the amputee totally intact, by the way.

Operating a hedge cutter is just not possible, safe, or easy with just one hand. In other words, we talk about real work. And no, you cannot "just put your mind to it". Sure with a small tiny clipper you can approximate the sound and feel - but with 2-3 kg and overhead work with a long powerful cutter, one-handed is a big risk, and operating the switch together with directing the blade is very hard.

That, as opposed to drinking coffee, reading news paper, just going for lunch with a food tray, cutting pizza or meat, shopping with bags or baskets, tying shoe laces, talk past a Bialetti when making remarks about "making coffee", opening a fridge, wearing correctly sized trousers, walking a dog, drinking alcohol, or such  - all of these work with a Becker hand, with a passive arm, with a hook or without prosthesis quite well, too.

Not, like, hedge cutting. This requires, like, a real prosthetic arm. It cannot be done without prosthetic arm, with a passive arm, with the "bionic" stuff (their control paradigm is just not safe for that type of work), certainly not with "3d printed" gadgetry that risks to scratch up your stump in no time. I talk about reliability, comfort, overuse, asymmetry, grip function, the stuff that hopefully, my real sustainable living future is made of.

To show what is required, or done, with a prosthetic arm in 2015, I cut the outer and inner perimeter of my hedges in the early afternoon of what turned out to be the hottest day in July in Switzerland since a long time, at over 37 deg C, using a Bosch AHS 55-16 (2,7kg) 450W electric cutter and a super tweaked body powered prosthetic arm with a Hosmer model 6 (back lock containing) work hook. The work contains overhead as well as low down feet height cutting.

 

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To be "authentic" in conjunction with being an arm amputee and prosthetic arms?

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - To be "authentic" in conjunction with being an arm amputee and prosthetic arms?; published March 25, 2015, 19:38; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=4537.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569216544, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - To be "authentic" in conjunction with being an arm amputee and prosthetic arms?}}, month = {March},year = {2015}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=4537}}


Nothing kills authenticity like ubiquity. Gilmore JH, Pine II, BJ (2007) Authenticity - what consumers really want. Harvard Business School Press, Boston Massachusetts, USA.

"I want people to let go of their 'fake arms'; to disarm their limits." - "When you are authentic with yourself and others, you life yourself up to new levels of clarity, truth, and purpose." Jessica Cox, http://www.DisarmYourLimits.com

Regarding authenticity, “each one of us has his/her own way of realizing our humanity, and that it is important to find and live out one’s own, as against surrendering conformity with a model imposed on us from outside” (475). [link]

Three axioms of authenticity: Axiom 1. If you are authentic, then you don't have to say you're authentic. Axiom 2. If you say you're authentic, you better be authentic. Axiom 3. It's easier to be authentic if you don't say you're authentic. Gilmore JH, Pine II, BJ (2007) Authenticity - what consumers really want. Harvard Business School Press, Boston Massachusetts, USA.

The call to let go of fake arms is, itself, a fake call to arms. It is as hollow and ultra modern as the call for authenticity as such, as it now requires all to submit our visions towards its cause. However, how far does this theater go? What does it comprise?

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Because, these days, it has become widely "hip" to "be authentic". The common battle cry is "be authentic!". As a social trend, we are caught in a Catch 22 of modern times: the requirement can not be fulfilled. The direness of the predicament effortlessly develops from the above quotes. We will see that that societal demand, "everyone now be authentic", is every bit as fascinating and difficult as if you yell at someone "be spontaneous!". Because the actual problem with this is a logical one: Rene Descartes walks into a bar, after which the bar tender asks him "did you order the beer?" and he replies "I think not" and *poof* disappears.

With a very similar rational explanation, the current quest for authenticity is not one at the same time. It is as non existent as it is non justifiable, non rooted, and senseless. Also it is totally impossible to conduct.

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