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Category: Tricks and techniques

How to sharpen a pencil fast [technical advice]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - How to sharpen a pencil fast [technical advice]; published October 26, 2018, 14:34; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=8713.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569217664, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - How to sharpen a pencil fast [technical advice]}}, month = {October},year = {2018}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=8713}}


The modern Cyborg does not so much excel in having a prosthetic arm that does everything - that would be similar to promoting rainbow colored unicorns: these do not exist.

The modern Cyborg works with modern tools for fast and good results. He thus sharpens pens reliabily and well.

Here is how.

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Cracking an egg single-handedly [ANPPN - activities of no particular prosthetic need]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Cracking an egg single-handedly [ANPPN - activities of no particular prosthetic need]; published December 13, 2017, 13:18; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=7890.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569217664, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Cracking an egg single-handedly [ANPPN - activities of no particular prosthetic need]}}, month = {December},year = {2017}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=7890}}


With the current on-going search for "tricks" or "solutions" to "solve" manual problems of ADL (activities of daily living), one very large unexamined domain is how to live life without a prosthetic arm on.

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Casio G-SHOCK GW-M5610 (module 3159) with gesture controlled light switch - where we are going, we don't need hands [using motion sensors for sensible application for one handed users]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Casio G-SHOCK GW-M5610 (module 3159) with gesture controlled light switch - where we are going, we don't need hands [using motion sensors for sensible application for one handed users]; published May 1, 2017, 12:30; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=7344.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569217664, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Casio G-SHOCK GW-M5610 (module 3159) with gesture controlled light switch - where we are going, we don't need hands [using motion sensors for sensible application for one handed users]}}, month = {May},year = {2017}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=7344}}


A solar powered radio controlled wrist watch with gesture controlled light switch rocks. Where we are going, we don't need hands ; ) one hand might be perfectly enough.

With one hand but not two, wrist watches are an issue or a subject.

Since over 10 years, I am a huge fan of Casio's solar powered radio controlled watch series. Clearly, they are always running and always precise. However the Casio GW-M5610 model with radio control and solar power adds an extremely clever feature - motion or gesture switched backlight.

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Guitar pick holder for Hosmer 5 hook /Dunlop TORTEX picks [3d printed solution]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Guitar pick holder for Hosmer 5 hook /Dunlop TORTEX picks [3d printed solution]; published February 11, 2017, 00:08; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=7189.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569217664, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Guitar pick holder for Hosmer 5 hook /Dunlop TORTEX picks [3d printed solution]}}, month = {February},year = {2017}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=7189}}


I was searching for a practical way to get back to playing guitar with a pick for quite a while. I knew what I wanted - I just had to make it happen.

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Stabilizing rod-like item with a prosthetic hook [two ways]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Stabilizing rod-like item with a prosthetic hook [two ways]; published June 23, 2016, 16:36; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=6205.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569217664, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Stabilizing rod-like item with a prosthetic hook [two ways]}}, month = {June},year = {2016}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=6205}}


There are basically two ways to stabilize a rod-like item (fork, knife, rod, etc) with a prosthetic hook.

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What prosthetic arm to use? [flow chart / algorithm]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - What prosthetic arm to use? [flow chart / algorithm]; published April 17, 2016, 14:11; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=5844.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569217664, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - What prosthetic arm to use? [flow chart / algorithm]}}, month = {April},year = {2016}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=5844}}


Algorithm to chose best option for prosthetic arm, based on eight years of consecutive experience and extensive hard work.

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How to cut 3D origami using a prosthetic arm [1:1]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - How to cut 3D origami using a prosthetic arm [1:1]; published October 24, 2015, 21:40; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=5553.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569217664, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - How to cut 3D origami using a prosthetic arm [1:1]}}, month = {October},year = {2015}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=5553}}


So the cold time of the year approaches here.

Obviously there is this book called "Horrorgami". Obviously I had to get it.

Paper Dandy's Horrorgami: 20 Gruesome Scenes to Cut and Fold

And of all patterns contained in it, I had to start making the "Werewolf" pattern.

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Go figure.

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Playing guitar [update]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Playing guitar [update]; published February 3, 2015, 18:15; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=4367.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569217664, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Playing guitar [update]}}, month = {February},year = {2015}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=4367}}


Recent advances to do the really important things in life not only cover exploits regarding bike riding.

Also, people were at it trying to improve their guitar picking.

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A myoelectric prosthetic arm does have a mind on its own [just watch this - problems with postural interference, limb position(ing) effect, possible solution].

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - A myoelectric prosthetic arm does have a mind on its own [just watch this - problems with postural interference, limb position(ing) effect, possible solution].; published December 8, 2014, 18:40; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=3784.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569217664, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - A myoelectric prosthetic arm does have a mind on its own [just watch this - problems with postural interference, limb position(ing) effect, possible solution].}}, month = {December},year = {2014}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=3784}}


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Easily, a myoelectric arm gets out of control.

But I liked the next one even better. And mine also has such tendencies. They are inherent to the technology. These things really have a mind on their own.

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Photography as right below elbow amputee [technical tips]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Photography as right below elbow amputee [technical tips]; published May 30, 2014, 20:51; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=1075.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569217664, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Photography as right below elbow amputee [technical tips]}}, month = {May},year = {2014}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=1075}}


I was surprised to see that (according to a recent news article [link]) an Otto Bock Michelangelo hand was required to reclaim one's role as photographer:

"This Michelangelo is quantum leaps ahead of anything I have ever been able to do before," Wigington said.

The hope is, with training, Wigington can reclaim his position as the family photographer.

(quoted from http://www.wthr.com/story/20111441/indianapolis-minister-first-to-get-revolutionary-prosthetic on Dec 13th 2012). 

It appears that in over some 20 years of being a right below elbow amputee, Dave Wigington has not been able to figure out how to use a camera well, swift, fast and proficiently.

It appears that in over some 20 years, one now requires a particular "bionic" hand to be a family photographer.

This is extraordinary.

See, it took me exactly a day or two after the amputation to figure out that my camera still worked the exact same way. That was before "bionic" prostheses came along.

So there is a big difference between my own experience and between Dave Wigington's experience.

Seeing that there are obvious differences in what people think they can or can not do, I tried to see where the problem might be.

From there, I will illustrate some ways of taking photos singlehandedly, with the left hand, and / or with my prosthetic arm. If Dave has problems, other people may find this instructive. Who knows.  Read More

Successfully wearing a prosthetic arm - How to Be A Puppeteer [satire]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Successfully wearing a prosthetic arm - How to Be A Puppeteer [satire]; published May 12, 2014, 05:52; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=3029.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569217664, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Successfully wearing a prosthetic arm - How to Be A Puppeteer [satire]}}, month = {May},year = {2014}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=3029}}


Based on basic puppeteer techniques, we can ascertain a number of procedural instructions for prosthetic hand actions inasmuch as theatrical aspects are concerned.

 

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Below elbow amputee socket with guitar plectrum mount [proof of concept]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Below elbow amputee socket with guitar plectrum mount [proof of concept]; published August 31, 2012, 06:19; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=810.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569217664, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Below elbow amputee socket with guitar plectrum mount [proof of concept]}}, month = {August},year = {2012}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=810}}


Carsten Werner from Köln (Germany) - also a right below elbow amputee - allowed me to web publish his design and implementation for a plectrum mount. With that, he passed the entry test for a Jazz College back in 1988. And with all due respect for other one handed guitar players, that is an achievement I find hard to match.

The design contains a round piece of metal with one part bent up straight. Against that, a metal bar is squeezed with two screws. The rest - semi circular slit for rotationally variant mounting - is self evident from the photographs. In terms of positioning on the socket, it appears to be necessary to place the plectrum close to the end of the radius bone - or wherever else you feel most comfortable.

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Drill a screw [1-handed way]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Drill a screw [1-handed way]; published February 5, 2012, 21:20; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=533.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569217664, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Drill a screw [1-handed way]}}, month = {February},year = {2012}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=533}}


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[Deutsche Version]

I am sure there must be dozens of ways to drill in screws with just one hand.

There are magnetic screw divers or drill bits. Maybe a drop of glue that is easy to rub off later.  Or fixing the screw head with the index finger.

Here I use sticky tape.

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