Artistic visions for prosthetic design IX - taking a leather and steel brace arm towards Red Arm III
This is part of my Red Hand Series.
Summer approaches and I need a stylish arm. Wearing just one shirt (and not another one underneath) looks weird with the cable controlled arm - and wearing the harness directly on the skin is uncomfortable.
Being a resourceful person, I was able to snatch an almost unused mint condition 1964 prosthetic arm made from leather and steel - see photos - that fits my stump perfectly. This arm oozes style. It is definitely going to be my Red Arm III.
I am about to change that glove to something else that will obviously be red - but not right now. Things need to be in proper sequence here. But this leather steel prosthesis definitely does not look as nauseating or disturbing as the average setup - it has far more aspects of a saddle, of a thing you'd put on a horse. It looks much less like these undefinable prosthetic modern but still timeless if not outdated functional body replacements that work well but that just look so lost - lost in time and space, lost in style.
Here is how I got it. Lots of coolness with the Original Otto Bock dark brown leather glove. However, that part obviously was already used a bit and gave out on me. So I replaced it.
Being a really resourceful person, I happened to have an Original Otto Bock fitting silicone glove for this hand.
As you see this works well even with no air condition - it looks spiffy and spot on with short sleeved orsleeve free shirts.
The thumb even has a spring in it. That is how I can hold a pencil for better typing on a keyboard.
Interestingly, month and year (3/64) point back to a manufacturing time about 35 years ago.
Looking at the wrist connector .... what do we have here!? We have an Otto Bock felt hand, an Otto Bock standard wrist unit and a standard Otto Bock bolt 16 mm. These parts really look familiar, don't they!
Who'd a thunk that these parts did not see just about any innovation since 35 years? What about the patents? They must have run out just ever so completely. What about better stability? Surely a 2009 mind can produce a more stable quick lock than a 1964 brain?
Here we are, the 1964 bolt.
And here we are, with a standard wrist by Otto Bock. That didn't change since at least 1964. Wow. Somehow I get the feeling that we are on the right track with the MSM wrist.