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Krueppel auf SRF (Schweizer Fernsehen, Sendung "10 vor 10") - warum sagen die sowas?

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Krueppel auf SRF (Schweizer Fernsehen, Sendung "10 vor 10") - warum sagen die sowas?; published August 25, 2014, 18:01; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=3411.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571793290, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Krueppel auf SRF (Schweizer Fernsehen, Sendung "10 vor 10") - warum sagen die sowas?}}, month = {August},year = {2014}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=3411}}


Im Beitrag des Schweizer Fernsehens SRF zum Thema "Moderne Medizin dank Millionen von Kriegsopfern" (10 vor 10, 13.8.2014)  [link] wird auffallend oft das Wort "Krueppel" verwendet. Hierueber erzuernt sich offenbar die Boulevardosphaere [20min] und die Blogosphaere.

Doch was steckt dahinter?

Ein Trick, ein Versuch, die Geschichte der Prothetik neu zu beleben, nichts anderes.

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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_1571793290, 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

Should we take interest in the Cybathlon 2016? [website check]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Should we take interest in the Cybathlon 2016? [website check]; published May 30, 2014, 20:45; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2457.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571793290, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Should we take interest in the Cybathlon 2016? [website check]}}, month = {May},year = {2014}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2457}}


The idea of the Paradrom Rathausen was uber cool.

Who knows, this might be even cooler. Check 'er out!

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Is it possible, with a physical handicap, to participate in international sports competitions? [peek glance comment to some assertions made by Cybathlon organizers]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Is it possible, with a physical handicap, to participate in international sports competitions? [peek glance comment to some assertions made by Cybathlon organizers]; published May 26, 2014, 05:45; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=3056.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571793290, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Is it possible, with a physical handicap, to participate in international sports competitions? [peek glance comment to some assertions made by Cybathlon organizers]}}, month = {May},year = {2014}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=3056}}


Is Karate for amputees called 'partial arts'? - [link]

 

It was alleged recently that one required "technical" prostheses in order to "participate in international sports competitions" when having a physical handicap.

Here: [http://www.myhandicap.ch/cybathlon.html] "Der Cybathlon eröffnet Menschen mit Behinderung die Möglichkeit, an einem internationalen Wettkampf teilzunehmen, was bisher aufgrund der restriktiven Regeln gegenüber dem Einsatz von Technik im internationalen Sport ausgeschlossen war" - The Cybathlon opens up participation in international competitions to people with disabilities, which due to restrictive regulations was so far not possible in international sports. (...) -- Text: Prof. Dr. Robert Riener, ETH Zürich & Uniklinik Balgrist - 04/2013

With this preposterous and arrogant statement, these individuals go too far.

The ultimate currency is respect - and this statement here is quite simply the pure opposite.

This is, superbly politely put, total nonsense. What it really means and is, that goes a lot further. But to give a short overview:

  • The Cybathlon is the last thing that we need in order to open up any possibilities as far as we can see now. There are a few roboticists, admitted, but then what. What do they "open"? Worse, since when did they open anything for arm amputees?
  • The individuals behind the text do not know shit from shinola inasmuch as international sports is concerned. They have no idea about actual regulations in sports inasmuch as participation of handicapped people in international competitions is concerned. That is obvious. Why then write new regulations? If they do not even have an idea about current ones? Is that fundamentally necessary?
  • In fact, they probably know shit about sports and prostheses. Or let us rephrase. What prosthetic arms - model, make, year, motor type, etc. - actually and factually aid and support (rather than hamper), say, freestyle sprint swimming over, say, 50 meters? Was that a rhetorical question?

They may be right about some sports and about some people with some handicaps, at certain occasions. But written as generalization as above, they clearly overstep their boundaries. There are two simple case examples that quite simply prove otherwise, and a number of further illustrative examples, without any attempt to be complete or comprehensive.

 

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Idiotische Medienberichterstattung ueber Armprothesen [immer aufpassen, ja]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Idiotische Medienberichterstattung ueber Armprothesen [immer aufpassen, ja]; published November 8, 2013, 06:05; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2251.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571793290, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Idiotische Medienberichterstattung ueber Armprothesen [immer aufpassen, ja]}}, month = {November},year = {2013}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2251}}


Ueblicherweise werden die Medien das reflektieren, was die Gesellschaft an Wahrnehmung gerade noch so zustandebringt. Und bei Armprothesen ist dies wenig beeindruckend oder dann meist laecherlich.

Das heisst nicht, dass wir das hinnehmen muessen. Wir wollen daher die einzelnen Gehversuche in der Medienverzerrung aufzeigen und diskutieren.

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Miley Cyrus performing lip-sync on German television with five people of unusually short stature: disability discrimination? [analysis]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Miley Cyrus performing lip-sync on German television with five people of unusually short stature: disability discrimination? [analysis]; published September 13, 2013, 18:18; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2119.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571793290, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Miley Cyrus performing lip-sync on German television with five people of unusually short stature: disability discrimination? [analysis]}}, month = {September},year = {2013}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2119}}


Currently, Miley Cyrus was seen on-stage in German television when trying to lip-sync one of her songs, on stage assisted by five performers of unusually short stature. Subsequently, German blogosphere interpreted this as some sort of disability discrimination.

Is that discrimination?

It cannot be all that easy to decide as a number of news sites seem to re-post these news but ask the commentators to "decide". So, if it was so easy to decide whether this was a discriminating act, we'd probably know it by now - by way of bloggers, journalists and everyone else. Instead we are getting "commentators" that all but actually "decide" whether this was good or bad or what.

Apparently, there seems to be no attempt being made that seriously examines possible underlying or defining mechanisms, that examines the argumentative quick sand, that we might be relying upon or standing on.

As what appear to be underlying realities also seem to overlap with experiences that I am making myself, as below elbow amputee in this world and culture of ours, with increasing frequency, I will now try to explain why in this instance, there is no real case for discrimination to be made despite an eerie feeling all around.

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IPC swimming uses a photo-shopped fake amputee image for official championship poster [they should not have done that]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - IPC swimming uses a photo-shopped fake amputee image for official championship poster [they should not have done that]; published August 5, 2013, 17:42; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=1851.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571793290, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - IPC swimming uses a photo-shopped fake amputee image for official championship poster [they should not have done that]}}, month = {August},year = {2013}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=1851}}


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The IPC (International Paralympic Committee) (twitter)does not appear to refrain from using cheap photo-shopping to turn a butterfly swimmer into an apparent arm amputee for their poster for the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships Montreal, Canada. As is shown in more detail below, their behavior exhibits clear features of gamesmanship (such as: "it is only cheating if you get caught", "the end always justifies the means", "faking (..) an injury") but definitely, this does not represent any real sportsmanship.

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3D printing in all homes [rant]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - 3D printing in all homes [rant]; published April 24, 2013, 13:14; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=1571.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571793290, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - 3D printing in all homes [rant]}}, month = {April},year = {2013}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=1571}}


It is funny that of all magazines, the "Fast Company" (again) should come up with an interesting article:

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672389/a-3-d-printer-for-every-home-yeah-right

They write:

"While 3-D printing will excite hobbyists and disrupt many industries--and in fact, already has--its consumer application has been vastly exaggerated in ways that a lower cost and higher printing resolution won’t solve."

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Is our society slightly off? Whoever recommended amputation of healthy limbs?

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Is our society slightly off? Whoever recommended amputation of healthy limbs?; published March 11, 2013, 03:13; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=1486.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571793290, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Is our society slightly off? Whoever recommended amputation of healthy limbs?}}, month = {March},year = {2013}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=1486}}


 

Smoking has been shown to be not dangerous at all. 

-- Dr. Marlboro

In some recent scientific articles, people with normal limbs asking for amputations have been tagged with the diagnosis Xenomelia  [1][2]. Now, advocates say that this is a logical and ethical justification to go for amputation.

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[1] [doi] L. M. Hilti, J. Hänggi, D. A. Vitacco, B. Kraemer, A. Palla, R. Luechinger, L. Jäncke, and P. Brugger, "The desire for healthy limb amputation: structural brain correlates and clinical features of xenomelia," Brain, vol. 136, iss. 1, pp. 318-329, 2013.
[Bibtex]
@article{hilti2013,
author = {Hilti, Leonie Maria and Hänggi, Jürgen and Vitacco, Deborah Ann and Kraemer, Bernd and Palla, Antonella and Luechinger, Roger and Jäncke, Lutz and Brugger, Peter}, 
title = {The desire for healthy limb amputation: structural brain correlates and clinical features of xenomelia},
volume = {136}, 
number = {1}, 
pages = {318-329}, 
year = {2013}, 
doi = {10.1093/brain/aws316}, 
abstract ={Xenomelia is the oppressive feeling that one or more limbs of one’s body do not belong to one’s self. We present the results of a thorough examination of the characteristics of the disorder in 15 males with a strong desire for amputation of one or both legs. The feeling of estrangement had been present since early childhood and was limited to a precisely demarcated part of the leg in all individuals. Neurological status examination and neuropsychological testing were normal in all participants, and psychiatric evaluation ruled out the presence of a psychotic disorder. In 13 individuals and in 13 pair-matched control participants, magnetic resonance imaging was performed, and surface-based morphometry revealed significant group differences in cortical architecture. In the right hemisphere, participants with xenomelia showed reduced cortical thickness in the superior parietal lobule and reduced cortical surface area in the primary and secondary somatosensory cortices, in the inferior parietal lobule, as well as in the anterior insular cortex. A cluster of increased thickness was located in the central sulcus. In the left hemisphere, affected individuals evinced a larger cortical surface area in the inferior parietal lobule and secondary somatosensory cortex. Although of modest size, these structural correlates of xenomelia appear meaningful when discussed against the background of some key clinical features of the disorder. Thus, the predominantly right-sided cortical abnormalities are in line with a strong bias for left-sided limbs as the target of the amputation desire, evident both in our sample and in previously described populations with xenomelia. We also propose that the higher incidence of lower compared with upper limbs (∼80% according to previous investigations) may explain the erotic connotations typically associated with xenomelia, also in the present sample. These may have their roots in the proximity of primary somatosensory cortex for leg representation, whose surface area was reduced in the participants with xenomelia, with that of the genitals. Alternatively, the spatial adjacency of secondary somatosensory cortex for leg representation and the anterior insula, the latter known to mediate sexual arousal beyond that induced by direct tactile stimulation of the genital area, might play a role. Although the right hemisphere regions of significant neuroarchitectural correlates of xenomelia are part of a network reportedly subserving body ownership, it remains unclear whether the structural alterations are the cause or rather the consequence of the long-standing and pervasive mismatch between body and self.}, 
URL = {http://brain.oxfordjournals.org/content/136/1/318.abstract}, 
eprint = {http://brain.oxfordjournals.org/content/136/1/318.full.pdf+html}, 
journal = {Brain} 
}
[2] [doi] A. Aoyama, P. Krummenacher, A. Palla, L. M. Hilti, and P. Brugger, "Impaired Spatial-Temporal Integration of Touch in Xenomelia (Body Integrity Identity Disorder)," Spatial Cognition & Computation, vol. 12, iss. 2-3, pp. 96-110, 2012.
[Bibtex]
@article{aoyama2012,
author = {Aoyama, Atsushi and Krummenacher, Peter and Palla, Antonella and Hilti, Leonie   Maria and Brugger, Peter},
title = {{Impaired Spatial-Temporal Integration of Touch in Xenomelia (Body Integrity Identity Disorder)}},
journal = {{Spatial Cognition & Computation}},
volume = {12},
number = {2-3},
pages = {96-110},
year = {2012},
doi = {10.1080/13875868.2011.603773},

URL = {http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13875868.2011.603773},
eprint = {http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/13875868.2011.603773},
abstract = { Abstract Body integrity identity disorder (BIID), or xenomelia, is a failure to integrate a fully functional limb into a coherent body schema. It manifests as the desire for amputation of the particular limb below an individually stable ‘demarcation line.’ Here we show, in five individuals with xenomelia, defective temporal order judgments to two tactile stimuli, one proximal, the other distal of the demarcation line. Spatio-temporal integration, known to be mediated by the parietal lobes, was biased towards the undesired body part, apparently capturing the individual's attention in a pathologically exaggerated way. This finding supports the view of xenomelia as a parietal lobe syndrome. }
}

AMC Freakshow [Huffington post strangeness]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - AMC Freakshow [Huffington post strangeness]; published January 18, 2013, 19:38; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=1262.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571793290, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - AMC Freakshow [Huffington post strangeness]}}, month = {January},year = {2013}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=1262}}


 

After BBC documentary "The Undateables" spawned quite a bit of controversy that I commented on in September, here we go again, another controversial show is announced, the AMC Freakshow. Read More

Unlauter: SF DRS (Schweizer Fernsehen) wirbt fuer Otto Bock [Missbrauch Billag-Gebuehren]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Unlauter: SF DRS (Schweizer Fernsehen) wirbt fuer Otto Bock [Missbrauch Billag-Gebuehren]; published January 18, 2012, 01:15; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=526.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571793290, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Unlauter: SF DRS (Schweizer Fernsehen) wirbt fuer Otto Bock [Missbrauch Billag-Gebuehren]}}, month = {January},year = {2012}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=526}}


Smart phone built into prosthetic arm [tech]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Smart phone built into prosthetic arm [tech]; published November 20, 2011, 16:28; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=509.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571793290, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Smart phone built into prosthetic arm [tech]}}, month = {November},year = {2011}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=509}}


Another mostly useless prosthetic arm suggestion is made available by ever so countless online news services.

If only one of these ever tried to read and understand what things are about.

Alright, so here is the blurb:

According to The Telegraph, Trevor Prideaux has become perhaps the first man with a built in smartphone. Prideaux was born without a left arm, and had to go to extra lengths to use his cell phone.
Thanks to help from Nokia and medical experts in Great Britain, Prideaux now has a Nokia C7 embedded in his prosthetic arm, which makes texting and calling his friends and family infinitely easier. Prideaux says this about the medical marvel:I think this is the first time this has ever been done in the world – and it is brilliant. Seeing medical technology merge with communications is extremely exciting, as we’ve seen amazing life-changing stories in the past thanks to technology achievements and creativity.

Oy vey. As ever so often there are two relevant bits missing here:

  • Point 1: He is not the first person to carry entertainment technology as part of his prosthetic arm. Maybe in Great Britain but certainly not world wide.
  • Point 2: Secondly, the thing won't be nearly as much fun as it appears if ever the journalists would have paid attention instead of providing literally blind copies of this. Just shows how little journalists know about stuff these days. In short - there is something missing that is very important in this context.

Let's have a look, shall we.

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Hugh Herr and the rest of the world [phantasy talk, science fiction, hype]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Hugh Herr and the rest of the world [phantasy talk, science fiction, hype]; published August 28, 2011, 13:00; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=478.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571793290, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Hugh Herr and the rest of the world [phantasy talk, science fiction, hype]}}, month = {August},year = {2011}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=478}}


Hugh Herr is a double leg amputee who comes up with new prosthetic designs that are out there in terms of manufacturing and selling to everybody - far too complex, far too expensive.

But great promises go along with them. From these, he and contemporary "bionic limb" representatives generate these utterly unrealistic trumpet-sound like promises that sound too good to be true and they are always the same.

If these hype aficionados restricted their trara to prosthetic legs it'd be alright as sooner or later they sure could advertise to build a 3000 horsepower leg system that propels people at jumbolino airplane speeds - but inasmuch as prosthetic arms are concerned, I take a personal interest (remember the title of the blog here that you clicksed on?).

So interestingly, i-Limbs and its likes also repeat to be mentioned - apparently a "bionic" hand is "bad ass" looking. Well, by the sound it is not bad-ass at all. It may be bad ass looking maybe to some people that never stopped playing with puppets, but entirely useless to do anything even remotely real bad-ass for everyone out there.

To merge man and machine, that was what part again that Hugh Herr wants to merge to the man? Yes that part? Ah, a "machine". Now, that's gotta actually be a machine in the very narrow sense of the word: a functional well designed, well engineered piece of engineering that actually functions (rather than just visually represents) to accomplish a task and to perform work. Let that melt on your tongue before moving on (we are talking about prosthetic hands and arms, right? remember the title of my blog?) - p-e-r-f-o-r-m  w-o-r-k.

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