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People are people are people are people [shop window mannequins: incredibly good campaign]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - People are people are people are people [shop window mannequins: incredibly good campaign]; published December 5, 2013, 05:57; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2541.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571791415, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - People are people are people are people [shop window mannequins: incredibly good campaign]}}, month = {December},year = {2013}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2541}}


[Article in German]

And as soon as one believes that one has seen it all - screetch, something new comes up that is so unbelievably good.

Because since a while, I do not visit real clothes or shoe shops so often any more. Every now and then maybe, but much rather, I order stuff on-line. With a visible handicap, Zurich's clothes or shoe shops just may not be the best place to go or be.

By far the worst, of course, is the Walder shoe shop in the Glatt shopping center. Usually, at least one shoe sales force employee takes it upon herself to take a hard unabashed observant stare at me, from safe distance, while I struggle to bind the shoe in an attempt to try them on. The. Shoe. Singular (not plural). Simply because I usually don't make it past one shoe. The staring there is not comfortable. Maybe, I want to feel at ease? Maybe, I just want to try on a few shoes and not be bothered in that way? But not always one has to bear getting started at by one employee. It also happened that three of them stood next to each other, lined up, at a safe 5 meter distance, to take a full, unabridged, entirely frame filling Baroque stare at me while I tried on some type of winter boot. Three staring idiots, that is not negotiable with me. No embarrassment there, no remorse, and definitely no apology. That is an aspect of shopping in and around Zurich.

So, I do hate going to these shops, rarely are sales people a true help there. More often, they wreck my day. In many regards, not buying anything there is more likely to make my days rich and beautiful. And to arrive there, as people that run shops, and that attempt to sell their stuff, is an achievement on its own, one has to hand them that. There are rare exceptions, really great clothes or shoe sales people that treat me as an adult customer. These exist. Just to so frequently.

But now, there are these shape variations in shop window mannequins. One has to see these.

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Leute sind Leute sind Leute sind Leute [Schaufensterpuppen: unglaublich gute Kampagne]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Leute sind Leute sind Leute sind Leute [Schaufensterpuppen: unglaublich gute Kampagne]; published December 3, 2013, 05:39; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2521.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571791415, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Leute sind Leute sind Leute sind Leute [Schaufensterpuppen: unglaublich gute Kampagne]}}, month = {December},year = {2013}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2521}}


[Article in English]

Und hat man gedacht man haette schon fast alles gesehen, was sich so tun koennte - platsch, kommt was ganz neues daher, das unglaublich gut ist.

Ich gehe ja schon eine Weile nicht mehr ganz so oft in echte Kleiderlaeden, sondern bestelle die Sachen gerne meist im Internet. Man fuehlt sich mit sichtbarem Handicap in Kleiderlaeden oder Schuhlaeden in und um Zuerich oft sehr schlecht aufgehoben.

Das schlimmste aus einer ganzen Reihe sich eher seltsam anfuehlender Laeden ist da jeweils der Walder Schuhladen im Glattzentrum, wo mir ueblicherweise mindestens eine Schuhverkaeuferin aus Abstand gebannt auf den Schuh starrt, wenn ich versuche, den zuzubinden. Den. Schuh. Mehr als einen anzuprobieren halte ich irgendwie nicht aus, ich moechte vielleicht meine Ruhe haben beim Versuch, die zuzubinden? Ich will mir vielleicht ungestoert Zeit lassen?

Nicht immer ist es nur, dass man dort eine aushalten muss; nein, sie waren dort auch schon zu dritt, die sich nebeneinander in etwa 5 Metern Sicherheitsabstand aufgebaut hatten, um mich bei der Schuhanprobe unablaessig anzustarren. Und drei Glotzpuppen, das ist schon heftig. Von Scham oder Reue denn auch kaum je kein Gefuehl dort, kein Wort der Entschuldigung, kein nichts.

Ich gehe aeusserst ungern in diese Laeden, da ich die Verkaeufer und Verkaeuferinnen selten als echte Hilfe erlebe, die einem beim Kaufen helfen. Stattdessen versauen sie einem doch eher dann den Tag. Dann ist wirklich nichts kaufen billiger, in vieler Hinsicht.

Es gibt seltene tolle Ausnahmen. Verkaeufer oder Verkaeuferinnen, die kein Problem haben, die einen wie eine erwachsene Person behandelt, die selbst Dinge tun, ausprobieren, sehen will. Gibts schon. Aber selten.

Und jetzt gibt es Variantenformen bei Schaufensterpuppen! Das muss man sich ansehen.
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Review comment about "Born friends" Skype advertising video [arm amputee girls unite]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Review comment about "Born friends" Skype advertising video [arm amputee girls unite]; published November 9, 2013, 07:14; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2264.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571791415, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Review comment about "Born friends" Skype advertising video [arm amputee girls unite]}}, month = {November},year = {2013}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2264}}


So, according to the Skype video,

Sarah and Paige have been best friends since they were 8 years old and have shared everything over Skype. But the crazy part is they've never met in person. Until now.

 

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Behinderte werden in den Medien nach wie vor ausgegrenzt [stimmt wirklich jetzt]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Behinderte werden in den Medien nach wie vor ausgegrenzt [stimmt wirklich jetzt]; published September 27, 2013, 06:22; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2150.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571791415, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Behinderte werden in den Medien nach wie vor ausgegrenzt [stimmt wirklich jetzt]}}, month = {September},year = {2013}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2150}}


Dass Behinderte in den Medien sehr oft ausgegrenzt werden, dass über sie (statt von ihnen) geschrieben wird, ist bekannter Behindertenalltag, der gern abgestritten wird. Nun kommt es aber im deutschen Radio, und die würden es nicht bringen wenn es nicht stimmen täte.

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How To Conduct A Product Review - demonstrating the spirit how it is done [fact]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - How To Conduct A Product Review - demonstrating the spirit how it is done [fact]; published August 21, 2013, 16:06; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2029.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571791415, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - How To Conduct A Product Review - demonstrating the spirit how it is done [fact]}}, month = {August},year = {2013}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2029}}


When reviewing a product or item, a technique or feature for daily or occasional use, and when doing so from the ultimate consumer viewpoint, there is a certain SPIRIT that is required.

I take efforts to make these reports and opinions on this blog site. I try to make my considerations and reviews as relevant as I can. I try to be on the spot, I try to nail the issues, and I try to be frank with what I find good or what should be improved.

Every now and then, however, someone else provides reviews that are so shining and great that one has to bow and admire them.

Jeremy Clarkson is the man.

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Chinese farmer makes functional affordable prosthetic arms [amputee driven innovation]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Chinese farmer makes functional affordable prosthetic arms [amputee driven innovation]; published May 27, 2013, 04:42; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=1686.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571791415, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Chinese farmer makes functional affordable prosthetic arms [amputee driven innovation]}}, month = {May},year = {2013}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=1686}}


The previously announced abandonment of any mechanical and body powered type of prosthetic arms and hands by major manufacturers has now found new suppliers.

It appears that on the planet that real workers live on (not the chee chee froo froo world where carbon yacht fan Max Näder reams insurances with Michelangelo ""bionic"" hands) amputees drive innovation - not Centri, Hosmer, RSL Steeper, Touch Bionics or Otto Bock. They would have mechanical drafts they could most easily use to build useful nice looking body powered hands. It is just not what they do. So that is where us amputees come in.

Latest video of a Chinese farmer. Very impressive.

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The Bachelor Season 17 Episodes 1, 2 and 4 with Sarah Herron, the "girl with one arm" [review]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - The Bachelor Season 17 Episodes 1, 2 and 4 with Sarah Herron, the "girl with one arm" [review]; published January 24, 2013, 23:25; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=1272.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571791415, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - The Bachelor Season 17 Episodes 1, 2 and 4 with Sarah Herron, the "girl with one arm" [review]}}, month = {January},year = {2013}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=1272}}


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Sarah Herron, the "girl with one arm", one of the competitors, candidates or bachelorettes in the The Bachelor series where a guy - here, he is called Sean - gets to meet a few dozen women and pick one "to spend the rest of his life with", is a below elbow amputee. So I found it rather interesting to review the series from point of view of disability dating and what else there is in terms of social aspects.

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Sheila Niremberg - bionic eye encoding ~ solved [technical miracle]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Sheila Niremberg - bionic eye encoding ~ solved [technical miracle]; published December 25, 2011, 19:38; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=515.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571791415, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Sheila Niremberg - bionic eye encoding ~ solved [technical miracle]}}, month = {December},year = {2011}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=515}}


Sheila Niremberg, PhD, is a researcher at Cornell University and she runs the Niremberg Lab. There, she generally appears to chase the question "How do networks of neurons process information?".

Recently it appears they developed an encoder and transducer unit that allows to replace the eye up to the optical nerve. This, and the way they go about this, is ground breaking. I cannot conceal that I instantly became a great fan of hers : )

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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_1571791415, 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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Home of the Brave (2006) [movie portrayal of right below elbow amputee issues]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Home of the Brave (2006) [movie portrayal of right below elbow amputee issues]; published August 17, 2011, 00:30; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=471.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571791415, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Home of the Brave (2006) [movie portrayal of right below elbow amputee issues]}}, month = {August},year = {2011}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=471}}


I watched the movie Home of the Brave (2006) (summary in German / English) and still feel nauseous and wretched from that. That movie hit too close to home. That is because Jessica Biel really nailed it. It was not just good. It was so good I almost puked.

And that is relevant, because the portrayal of (possibly faked or real) arm amputees in movies matters.

Even more so because it seems like she just takes a (part of a) 100 minute walk through some of the more uncomfortable if not painful aspects of (also) my life, she manages to plug in some of the real monsters that populate(d) my daily roller coaster of my life, switch them on, wiggle them a bit - and after that, and in all beauty and elegance, she manages to walk out of the movie and into her own perfect actress world. There, she als is married to Justin Timberlake.

She even said in an interview that "it is work, you get there, you get emotional, you do your thing, you have got to let go and move on to the next scene".

She must be an acting machine, managing that dive-in and dive-out with real elegance. Leaving everyone else trying to get some fresh air and wonder why some buttons of their jacket still remain stuck in the button holes - despite even having a prosthetic arm. Great acting, absolutely great work - but, phew. What is going on with her.

But I anticipate too much, too early. Let me write in temporal sequence.

In that movie, Biel plays Vanessa Price. Vanessa gets injured in Iraq, loses her right arm below the elbow and the story then shows how she deals with some situations as a recently amputated right below elbow amputee who happened to also have lost her dominant hand. Wait, she lost what? Screw it. I knew why I felt this concerns me too.

Get it here:

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Alanna Henderson: Picking up the pieces [interview crosspost]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Alanna Henderson: Picking up the pieces [interview crosspost]; published July 15, 2011, 00:55; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=455.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571791415, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Alanna Henderson: Picking up the pieces [interview crosspost]}}, month = {July},year = {2011}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=455}}


All media frenzy over hyped up issues fade, all distortions pale against Alanna Henderson's account which deeply resonates with me.

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Stigmatization and demonization VII - proper attitude [that's how it's done]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Stigmatization and demonization VII - proper attitude [that's how it's done]; published July 3, 2011, 15:20; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=450.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571791415, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Stigmatization and demonization VII - proper attitude [that's how it's done]}}, month = {July},year = {2011}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=450}}


This is a new occurrence - refreshing, well done and informative. That is the way things are done. Exactly that is what everyone expects everyone else to do. Chill, be nice.

Watch it. This is very instructive.

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Carnes arm getting re-engineered by an Australian [news]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Carnes arm getting re-engineered by an Australian [news]; published June 19, 2011, 19:27; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=444.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571791415, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Carnes arm getting re-engineered by an Australian [news]}}, month = {June},year = {2011}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=444}}


The Carnes arm here has some previous entries, check them out.

Now, Mark actually visited the man that sold him the Carnes arm 'over Internet connection and friends' (Mark: anytime again : ) Turns out things are now really going in the right direction.

Particularly for transhumeral amputees, I believe the Carnes arm has a lot going for it, but it definitely needs a tune up both in terms of materials and ease of clockwork. With osseointegration, you want light weight and as much integrated function as ever possible. Combining elbow flexion and supination is one really good example of a possibly sensible integration over several joints.

As far as I am aware, even combined hand and wrist motion, leave alone hand - wrist - elbow combinations, are really nothing our current commercial consumer product designers do consider in their current "all things are called now 'bionic'" rage. So as every now and so often, amputees have to look out for themselves.

It really appears that the Carnes arm re-engineering now is underway as I read this hot off the press news. Great stuff.

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