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Category: Disability and the public

Prosthetic hand appearance in relation to cosplay and navigating apparent person [exhibition - CHRIS WILDRICK - THIS IS WHO I AM]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Prosthetic hand appearance in relation to cosplay and navigating apparent person [exhibition - CHRIS WILDRICK - THIS IS WHO I AM]; published November 18, 2019, 19:36; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=10004.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1574227668, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Prosthetic hand appearance in relation to cosplay and navigating apparent person [exhibition - CHRIS WILDRICK - THIS IS WHO I AM]}}, month = {November},year = {2019}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=10004}}


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From a recent exhibition by Chris Wildrick [link]: the exhibition "THIS IS WHO I AM" explores the use of appearance modification ("cosplay"). My own contribution is not exactly a cosplay related attempt at modifying the appearance of my prosthetic arm - but then maybe it aims at the core of cosplay, at least in a way.

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Artikel: "Kampf um die Prothese: «Behinderte werden vom Staat noch weiter behindert»" von D. Wirth, 28.10.2019 [Kommentar]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Artikel: "Kampf um die Prothese: «Behinderte werden vom Staat noch weiter behindert»" von D. Wirth, 28.10.2019 [Kommentar]; published October 28, 2019, 15:15; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=10281.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1574227668, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Artikel: "Kampf um die Prothese: «Behinderte werden vom Staat noch weiter behindert»" von D. Wirth, 28.10.2019 [Kommentar]}}, month = {October},year = {2019}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=10281}}


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Wie die Regeln, die Entscheidungsfindung, die Versicherungsbedingungen, die Gesetze1 , auszusehen haben, damit eine Sache ideal läuft, ist immer dann interessant, wenn die Worte nicht klar in ihrer Bedeutung sind, sondern zunächst einer Auslegung bedürfen, und wenn überdies unklar ist, was "ideal" bedeutet. So sollen Armprothesen "einfach, zweckmässig und wirtschaftlich" sein. Was das konkret ist, bleibt so lange unklar, solange Otto Bock etwa Komponenten für wie sie dort hoffen "robuste" Armprothesen verkaufen, die dann keineswegs nur kurzlebig in einem typischen Verbraucheralltag sind, sondern wo Kabelzüge für besonders belastbare Armprothesen regelhaft, design- und baubedingt, alle 4-10 Tage reissen und ein neuer Stahlseileinzug nötig wird, nur um ein kleines Beispiel zu nennen. Dann klaffen die möglichen Wortbedeutungen sehr breit.

In der Aargauerzeitung (link) steht nun zu dieser äusserst interessanten2  Frage heute:

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Skyscraper (2018 film) [review]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Skyscraper (2018 film) [review]; published October 15, 2019, 22:19; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=10255.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1574227668, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Skyscraper (2018 film) [review]}}, month = {October},year = {2019}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=10255}}


This is a Skyscraper (2018 film) review seeing as if we have yet another CGI-altered actor - Dwayne Johnson - try to virtually embody the amputee role that should have been given, clearly, to a real amputee actor. Particularly for this movie.

I (ir)regularly review movies (that I come across) that feature (possibly faked or real) (and there mostly arm) amputees. Readers of my reviews typically may get this wrong: but I am not reviewing a movie for its overall plausibility, or its overall entertainment aspect, or maybe its overall relation to contemporary culture generally, here. Here, I am specifically asking how the movie relates to the view of (arm) amputees in society and how it may influence such a view. I ask, what normative angle the film makers take and what normative views they pass on to the viewers. Given that virtually no one nowadays meets an (arm) amputee in a whole life time, virtually all "knowledge" of (arm) amputees they possibly have is obtained via media, so these film makers exploit great social power.

But this movie? Had me scratch me head, to be honest.

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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_1574227668, 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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How robot technology that is advertised with technically insufficient propaganda numbers does make us truly angry [movie reference: HBO miniseries "Chernobyl"]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - How robot technology that is advertised with technically insufficient propaganda numbers does make us truly angry [movie reference: HBO miniseries "Chernobyl"]; published June 21, 2019, 18:12; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9711.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1574227668, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - How robot technology that is advertised with technically insufficient propaganda numbers does make us truly angry [movie reference: HBO miniseries "Chernobyl"]}}, month = {June},year = {2019}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9711}}


Sometimes, even a fictionalized docu-drama hits all the right notes.

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How is "John without arms" an ableist derogatory Brazilian / Portuguese idiom that directly attributes ignorance and laziness to disability and then uses it a technical amputation descriptor to denote the lazy or ignorant?

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - How is "John without arms" an ableist derogatory Brazilian / Portuguese idiom that directly attributes ignorance and laziness to disability and then uses it a technical amputation descriptor to denote the lazy or ignorant?; published June 20, 2019, 05:33; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9683.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1574227668, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - How is "John without arms" an ableist derogatory Brazilian / Portuguese idiom that directly attributes ignorance and laziness to disability and then uses it a technical amputation descriptor to denote the lazy or ignorant?}}, month = {June},year = {2019}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9683}}


João sem braço ("armless John") is a Brazilian or Portuguese idiom that is used as an epithet for an ignorant and lazy person.

As that in itself is hardly a positive attribute, it is relevant to understand the position of amputees in society, their individual and collective role, in order to see how this is a very ableist and thus derogatory way to formulate the attribute of ignorant or lazy.

Can you open the zipper of my pants please? - Why, do you need to go to the bathroom? - No... (from [link])
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BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL - defect iLimb glove poses tricky Catch-22 for Cybathlon 2020 [review]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL - defect iLimb glove poses tricky Catch-22 for Cybathlon 2020 [review]; published April 21, 2019, 14:42; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9987.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1574227668, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL - defect iLimb glove poses tricky Catch-22 for Cybathlon 2020 [review]}}, month = {April},year = {2019}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9987}}


The Cybathlon 2020 race rules confront us with two interesting Catch-22 aspects:

-hammering (if not other dangerous) activity that is not endorsed by "bionic" hand manufacturers [link]

-use of damaged / perforated covers, not endorsed by Ossur (see here)

The iLimb user / clinician manual clearly states "do not use without an approved cover", "do not use with a damaged cover", and, "damaged covers must be replaced by a qualified Touch Bionics technician or technical partner" 1.

However, the Cybathlon Karlsruhe 2019 footage clearly exhibits a torn and perforated glove (defect over the knuckle of finger II/index finger) being used during the competition during the task that has the competitor push a card into a slot.

From view of a user that had serious issues with these "glove covers" that Touch Bionics (then) / Ossur (now) sold for a premium, and who knows a lot about replacing these with better parts despite manual regulations, this is VERY interesting: because a damaged cover unnegotiably operates far outside the acceptable use condition that appears to be insurable. And insurance seems to be a thing there.

To remind you: Touch Bionics glove covers die by themselves when left alone [link] or when used for something as minor, uninteresting and light as a 10 minute car wash [link]. I was left to myself to identify a work glove [link] and a durable cosmetic glove [link].

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BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL - Hammer use to hammer nails, with "bionic" prosthetic hand, poses tricky Catch-22 for Cybathlon 2020 [review]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL - Hammer use to hammer nails, with "bionic" prosthetic hand, poses tricky Catch-22 for Cybathlon 2020 [review]; published April 20, 2019, 10:28; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9594.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1574227668, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL - Hammer use to hammer nails, with "bionic" prosthetic hand, poses tricky Catch-22 for Cybathlon 2020 [review]}}, month = {April},year = {2019}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9594}}


The Cybathlon 2020 race rules confront us with two interesting Catch-22 aspects:

-hammering (if not other dangerous) activity that is not endorsed by "bionic" hand manufacturers

-use of damaged / perforated covers, not endorsed by Ossur [link]

A hammer, particularly a cheap or small one, even more so than a heavy dangerous "real" hammer, is an unlikely tool to use with an ~80 000 USD myoelectric "bionic" device that is specifically built to sustain only the lightest of work. And the subject of hammering, technically, as arm amputee with a prosthetic arm, has become relevant since the Cybathlon 2020 directors [link] have taken it upon themselves to make it a "discipline".

STOP - HAMMER TIME?

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Zweimaltot - Beat Glogger (Buchbesprechung) [i]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Zweimaltot - Beat Glogger (Buchbesprechung) [i]; published April 9, 2019, 13:15; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9570.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1574227668, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Zweimaltot - Beat Glogger (Buchbesprechung) [i]}}, month = {April},year = {2019}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9570}}


Ich habe mir nun termingerecht das Buch "Zweimaltot" von Beat Glogger vorgenommen. Meine Buchbesprechung, Review oder Rezension hier verrät allerdings Einzelheiten über den Ausgang (Spoiler Alert).


(C) Copyright Reinhardt Verlag

Das Buch gibt es hier:

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Zweimaltot - Beat Glogger (Buchbesprechung)

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Zweimaltot - Beat Glogger (Buchbesprechung); published April 9, 2019, 13:14; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9492.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1574227668, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Zweimaltot - Beat Glogger (Buchbesprechung)}}, month = {April},year = {2019}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9492}}


Ich habe mir nun termingerecht das Buch "Zweimaltot" von Beat Glogger vorgenommen. Meine Buchbesprechung, Review oder Rezension hier verrät allerdings Einzelheiten über den Ausgang (Spoiler Alert).


(C) Copyright Reinhardt Verlag

Das Buch gibt es hier:

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Soldering cable connection and heat shrinking tube over connection (Extreme Cyborging Microworks)

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Soldering cable connection and heat shrinking tube over connection (Extreme Cyborging Microworks); published April 4, 2019, 06:59; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9463.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1574227668, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Soldering cable connection and heat shrinking tube over connection (Extreme Cyborging Microworks)}}, month = {April},year = {2019}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9463}}


A full understanding what amputees do or do not in their real life has so far escaped the acumen of research and development. This explains how > 85% of us still run free, without the real restriction of having to pay massive money for technology that basically makes life more difficult.

A notable exception is my body powered split hook. As we can show how academics comprehensively fail to grasp (haha) the scope and use of prosthetic arm use, even a modest achievement such as this appears quite noteworthy and definitely reportable. After all, absolutely no (0) achievement was delivered by any R&D in the domain of myoelectric arms to this day that has made it to actual everyday use and hard work delivery, both since Cybathlon 2016 (that promised it would "push" development) and generally since >40 years of "research" into myoelectric arm control. As they all have more than a lot to learn (not advancing problematically high error rates in >40 years is a catastrophe or wouldn't you say), we are called upon to focus on the basic.

Today, how to attach the cable of a power supply to a pump.

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Was ist mit Cybathlon@SCHOOL moeglicherweise problematisch?

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Was ist mit Cybathlon@SCHOOL moeglicherweise problematisch?; published March 2, 2019, 11:39; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9404.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1574227668, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Was ist mit Cybathlon@SCHOOL moeglicherweise problematisch?}}, month = {March},year = {2019}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9404}}


Cybathlon@SCHOOL ist ein Programm, das Behinderte, Armamputierte auch, als "Material" bezeichnet und anpreist.

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Myoelectric prosthetic arms do not "really" function - so whom to sell them to? [cynical economic considerations]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Myoelectric prosthetic arms do not "really" function - so whom to sell them to? [cynical economic considerations]; published February 2, 2019, 15:11; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9304.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1574227668, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Myoelectric prosthetic arms do not "really" function - so whom to sell them to? [cynical economic considerations]}}, month = {February},year = {2019}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9304}}


Myoelectric prosthetic arms do not "really" work, we all know that, and it has been clear for decades.These factual aspects are difficult to make that problem go away like, poof. With that the more interesting question is: whom do we sell these to?

While selling to people that are gullible [link] seems to have a lot going for it, it is risky. A more sustained approach may base on taking actual risk factors for myoelectric failure into account:

  • Sweat
  • Weight
  • General error rate

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