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Category: Attitude

CHINA!! Striking new 3D print multi touch hightech arm hand prosthesis with "Rick" type integration [rr/ high tech advance]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - CHINA!! Striking new 3D print multi touch hightech arm hand prosthesis with "Rick" type integration [rr/ high tech advance]; published May 30, 2015, 10:48; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=4905.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571747870, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - CHINA!! Striking new 3D print multi touch hightech arm hand prosthesis with "Rick" type integration [rr/ high tech advance]}}, month = {May},year = {2015}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=4905}}


Prosthetic advancement knows no limits. Chinese high quality manufacturing has reached new heights both in computer [link] and automotive technology [link]. With that, rapid prototyping with advanced laser sintering [link] has reached unprecedented new levels in arm prosthetics [link].

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Blognews, Behinderung, Fairness [rant]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Blognews, Behinderung, Fairness [rant]; published March 31, 2015, 05:58; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=4653.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571747870, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Blognews, Behinderung, Fairness [rant]}}, month = {March},year = {2015}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=4653}}


Es gab im letzten Jahr einen wirklich kurligen Blogbeitrag zum Thema Fairness und Behinderung im Sport, und zwar den bei Frau Gehlhaar [link]:

Es ging um den Sportler Markus Rehm. Er ist Leichtathlet und unterschenkelamputiert. Mit einer angepassten Prothese nahm der Paralympic-Sieger jetzt zusammen mit nichtbehinderten Sportlern an den Nordreihn-Meisterschaften teil und konnte aktuell Gewinne für sich verbuchen. Sein sportlicher Erfolg brachte ihn ins Gespräch und in die Presse. Klingt erstmal ganz normal. Jemand gewinnt einen Wettkampf und bekommt dadurch die Aufmerksamkeit der Medien. Die Geschichte hat jedoch einen bitteren Beigeschmack. Es wurden Beschwerden laut, dass Rehm durch seine Prothese einen deutlichen Vorteil gehabt hätte und somit seinen Konkurrenten, im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes, einen Sprung voraus gewesen wäre. „Untersucht werden soll, ob die Prothese von Markus Rehm ein unerlaubtes Hilfsmittel ist, mit dem ein Vorteil bei Wettbewerben mit Nichtbehinderten erzielt werden kann“, erklärte DLV-Präsident Clemens Prokop der Nachrichtenagentur dpa. Der unterschenkelamputierte Leichtathlet Oscar Pistorius hatte sich vor zwei Jahren seine Teilnahme an den Olympischen Spielen und Weltmeisterschaften rechtlich erstritten. Der Fokus auf dem damaligen Rechtsstreit lag auf Pistorius‘ Beinprothesen und inwieweit sie ihm Vorteile, aber auch Nachteile beim Start, Absprung, etc. beschaffen könnten.

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Als erster Sportler mit Behinderung durfte Pistorius schließlich an den Olympischen Sommerspielen 2012 in London teilnehmen und fand sich am Ende auf dem achten Platz wieder. Aber was wäre gewesen, hätte Pistorius, wie sein Sportkollege Rehm, ganz oben auf dem Treppchen gestanden? Wären seine Prothesen dann auch als eine Art Wettbewerbsvorteil negativ aufgefallen? Markus Rehm hat im Vergleich zu seinen nichtbehinderten Konkurrenten gute sportliche Leistungen erzielt und somit die defizitorientierte Sicht auf Behinderung widerlegt. In der Diskussion ändert sich aber der Blick auf die Prothese, die auf einmal nicht mehr die Behinderung definiert, sondern angeblich einen “Wettbewerbsvorteil” bringt. Es ist schon fast amüsant, wenn es nicht so traurig wäre, wie Rehm nur über die Prothese definiert wird.

Gut.

Markus Rehm wurde in Ulm am 26.7.2014 mit 8,24m Deutscher Meister, in einem nicht-behinderten Wettkampf, in dem er nur und ausschliesslich wegen der Prothese gewann, einem Federbein, auf dem er absprang, also, auch sein Sprungbein. Mehr an "definiert" geht gar nicht, was Weitspringen angeht. Anschliessend wurde er für die Europameisterschaft der Nichtbehinderten gesperrt:  "Messungen der Biomechaniker hatten ergeben, dass Rehm beim Anlauf kurz vor dem Absprung deutlich langsamer war als andere Männer bei vergleichbaren 8-Meter-Sprüngen und er trotzdem beim Absprung eine höhere Vertikalgeschwindigkeit erreichte als Christian Reif" (link ). Der allermerkwürdigste Satz schliesst somit direkt an Frau Gehlhaars eben zitierten Text an, er lautet so:

Ich möchte an dieser Stelle nicht diskutieren, ob und welche Vor- oder Nachteile solche Prothesen bringen können.

Nicht?

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How to actually pick, choose, decide for a particular type and make of a prosthetic arm [mental flow chart]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - How to actually pick, choose, decide for a particular type and make of a prosthetic arm [mental flow chart]; published March 6, 2015, 00:40; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=4509.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571747870, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - How to actually pick, choose, decide for a particular type and make of a prosthetic arm [mental flow chart]}}, month = {March},year = {2015}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=4509}}


So you consider a prosthetic arm. But, what do get?

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Liquid hands in a liquid modernity [symbolism, realism - and then what?] {rather graphic, viewer discretion advised, long, difficult}

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Liquid hands in a liquid modernity [symbolism, realism - and then what?] {rather graphic, viewer discretion advised, long, difficult}; published February 12, 2015, 17:56; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=4239.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571747870, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Liquid hands in a liquid modernity [symbolism, realism - and then what?] {rather graphic, viewer discretion advised, long, difficult}}}, month = {February},year = {2015}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=4239}}


Liquid identity and liquid hands

One might assume that the "value" or "importance" of hands os the same. It is not. Watch this. Everything these days is in motion. Things are not as they used to be. On second thought, try reading below ; )

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Miss Amazonas 2015. What is society after in terms of appearance? What rates high these days? [look closely!]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Miss Amazonas 2015. What is society after in terms of appearance? What rates high these days? [look closely!]; published February 3, 2015, 12:45; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=4348.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571747870, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Miss Amazonas 2015. What is society after in terms of appearance? What rates high these days? [look closely!]}}, month = {February},year = {2015}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=4348}}


The media coverage of events at the end of the current Miss Amazonas election shows a totally intriguing aspect that you may have noticed too: media forget to show the Misses - they only show ugly action.

See, ..:

  • Miss elections traditionally are about conventional female beauty;
  • They are usually accompanied by showing these women's bodies and faces photographed in good quality in newspapers, TV and online media;
  • In essence, these images are the only aspect of these Miss elections that are there to report, as there is certainly mostly no other interesting content except, possibly, the one or other blooper that manages to reach the level "newsworthy";
  • In the 2015 Miss Amazonas election, the runner up to the title snatched the crown off the head of the winner, and THAT caused media all over to forget what these Miss elections were all about always, with the effect that...
  • ... only ugly blurred photos were published. After the Miss Amazonas 2015 elections the media abound only in garbage images. Garbage quality, garbage content.
  • Almost exclusively, no Miss images with the usual perfection are shown.
  • It is almost like they held the Miss 2015 Amazonas elections only to show ugly and bad quality images of fighting.

So why is that so highly relevant? Because it offers a rare glimpse into our collective underpinnings.

Miss elections are rare events with a rare focus - almost exclusively, perfection in beauty and surface is celebrated. While on one hand we always hear that "perfect beauty" is what everyone is after, that - as we learn today - totally does not play out. It is even de facto wrong. So most probably, it is actually a lie.

Cosmetic industries, fashion industries and sports industries as well as many other live on the prospect that beauty in its various forms are to be achieved. But what we really are after, is most definitely not "perfect beauty". Sure, perfect beauty is also bland, symmetric, there is a great deal of similarity, and in total, these Miss shows are quite, if not totally, uninteresting and boring with the exception of stunning superficiality being shown. Really though, our brains do not crave beauty. They crave interesting events, activities or things. They crave novelty, as ugly ass as it may be.

And, how intriguing! The media coverage of events at the end of the current Miss Amazonas 2015 election exemplifies this point quite well. One Miss does something ugly to another Miss - and BLAM! All we get are blurry images of ugliness. Beauty forgotten! Portrait photos forgotten! Misses, all forgotten.

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Who explicitly spits on hooks and body powered prosthetic arm technology? [list]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Who explicitly spits on hooks and body powered prosthetic arm technology? [list]; published December 15, 2014, 20:52; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=3312.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571747870, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Who explicitly spits on hooks and body powered prosthetic arm technology? [list]}}, month = {December},year = {2014}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=3312}}


What if Captain Hook would have had a prosthetic hand put on? Captain Hand? Could have really changed things. [link] (Jonathan Tony ‏@jonathantony Dec 12, 2014)

Placing mental images in minds of non disabled people has a proven destructive effect on people with handicap.

Modern wild and crazy continuations of that same concept are not better than old myths [link] [link].

One of these issues is the regurgitation of the "Captain Hook" metaphor and its effect for amputee kids (and even adults!) to not wear split hooks - despite a clear overall superiority of body powered split hooks over any other option.

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Uncanny valley and its vicious impact on researchers, media and amputees [projected vision spaces]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Uncanny valley and its vicious impact on researchers, media and amputees [projected vision spaces]; published November 11, 2014, 18:42; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=3677.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571747870, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Uncanny valley and its vicious impact on researchers, media and amputees [projected vision spaces]}}, month = {November},year = {2014}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=3677}}


Appearances and social effects are closely interlinked. As one example, clothes have always had a major impact on social interactions. Read a good book if this is new to you. Along the same lines, even appearances of cars, computers, gadgets et cetera are often heavily discussed. Manufacturers spend a lot of money for looks of consumer goods. If you want to buy a bicycle today, one selling point is the color being particularly robust - even though the frame cannot rust and the color is of really no practical use. So, appearances and social effects are a real thing these days. They create major ripples.

With that, re-enter the uncanny valley.

Appearances are the end-all-be-all for many aspects of prosthetic hands and arms. At first, every now and then, or whenever, you just do not want to stand out as arm amputee, and, with that, you want to look and be enabled. Appearance - looking inconspicuous, looking enabled - every now and so often are a prosthetic arm's sole raison d'etre. Also, and painfully so, that is where prosthetic hands and arms all die that sudden instantaneous all encompassing total death of utter failure. There is just no way to get this really right. Of course, no one ever made an uncompromising attempt at building a realistically appearing prosthetic hand, but then, that problem is intractable. Read a good blog entry about prosthetic arm appearance testing, if that is new to you.

As appearance requirements for prosthetic hands, wrist and arms are massive in their impact overall, it pays well to now dedicate some more attention to this aspect rather than considering the big picture [link].

Because if you cannot get the looks of your prosthetic arm right, you start out as the outcast no matter what. You may not end up there but that is a bit of the problem - negotiating back "apparent" competence. And so from that moment on, the deck of cards is dealt in a totally different way. Look at it like that: if I am already put into the awkward position to explain the ill disposition of my handicapped arm, total wreckage enabled hooks are a far better and plausible display of "enabled" than a high pitched stir of slowly animated fragile 70s B-movie appealing pansy boy hand. That is, if I am already put into that awkward position to explain that.

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Über das Design und Aussehen der Armprothese

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Über das Design und Aussehen der Armprothese; published October 6, 2014, 19:32; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=3497.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571747870, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Über das Design und Aussehen der Armprothese}}, month = {October},year = {2014}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=3497}}


Beim Aussehen geht es um Starren, Ansehen, es geht in zweiter Linie um territoriale Ansprüche, und dann um intuitive Kompetenzeinschätzung.

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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_1571747870, 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

Behindertenwitz #frankwormuth #deutscherfussball #yassine

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Behindertenwitz #frankwormuth #deutscherfussball #yassine; published January 24, 2014, 13:33; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2702.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571747870, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Behindertenwitz #frankwormuth #deutscherfussball #yassine}}, month = {January},year = {2014}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2702}}


Der geistig offenbar nun doch deutlich jenseits seiner Grenze tätige deutscher Fussballtrainer Frank Wormuth weist offenbar folgenden Zeitverlauf in seiner Karriere auf:

  • Ein einziges Tor soll er ein seiner Zeit als Profispieler gespielt haben [Wikipedia].
  • Am 1. Januar 2008 wird Frank Wormuth Cheftrainer des DFB [Wikipedia].

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Four Stories [human myth]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Four Stories [human myth]; published December 12, 2013, 19:52; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2614.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571747870, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Four Stories [human myth]}}, month = {December},year = {2013}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2614}}


Stephen Cave [twitter] tells us that these fears - death, but his statement relates to disability too - are natural but not rational.

As opposed to being  probably true for death, Wittgenstein's "we do not live to experience death" is not entirely true for an acquired disability because one might argue that one does live to experience it. At least if one does not believe that disability diminishes life, or, if one does not believe that experiences related to it are not part of life but part of death.

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If only for one second [dream about it?]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - If only for one second [dream about it?]; published December 10, 2013, 13:30; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2595.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571747870, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - If only for one second [dream about it?]}}, month = {December},year = {2013}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2595}}


The following idea of the Mimi Foundation is what makes this subject worth exploring:

"You know what I miss the most? Being carefree." Here is the sentence that inspired the "if only for a second" project. June 17th, 2013 , the Mimi Foundation in collaboration with Leo Burnett France, invited 20 cancer patients to participate in a unique makeover experience . This film shows the adventure.

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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_1571747870, 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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