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Category: Media publishing hyped up distortions

Otto Bock Michelangelo hand - new multi electrode version [rumor]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Otto Bock Michelangelo hand - new multi electrode version [rumor]; published May 20, 2011, 22:49; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=414.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571443268, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Otto Bock Michelangelo hand - new multi electrode version [rumor]}}, month = {May},year = {2011}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=414}}


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The video below seems to show a 6 or 7 electrode hand. By origin (Austria) and appearance this likely is an advanced Otto Bock Michelangelo hand. It is rather noisy as is the iLimb. It appears that before they started to roll out their 2-electrode hand to orthopedic technicians, they already try to get it up to level with multi electrode control and, hopefully, trained grip patterns.

Interesting!

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The role of academic robotic research - NCCR ROBOTICS, DARPA, SMART HAND - promoting prosthetic hystery and managing expectations [overview]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - The role of academic robotic research - NCCR ROBOTICS, DARPA, SMART HAND - promoting prosthetic hystery and managing expectations [overview]; published May 12, 2011, 23:15; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=405.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571443268, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - The role of academic robotic research - NCCR ROBOTICS, DARPA, SMART HAND - promoting prosthetic hystery and managing expectations [overview]}}, month = {May},year = {2011}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=405}}


Academic research dedicated to robotics and prosthetic hand development has failed to serve the community - for the last decades and without much exception. This is research that I started to see as sailing under The Amputee Excuse (TAE).

Specialists know that - since decades. Others such as researchers themselves may be still naive or misguided, but they should know. Why public financing is offered to such projects that have failed and will fail is not known. Really I don't understand that.

But in principle, such robotic academic research that promotes the idea of prosthetic hands for researchers to write some papers and then ride off into career sunset never had the purpose to help anyone else. On paper, yes. But in real life and actions always louder than words, no.

Let us take a closer look.

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Extraordinary People - Robochick And The Bionic Boy [documentary]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Extraordinary People - Robochick And The Bionic Boy [documentary]; published May 8, 2011, 16:19; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=409.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571443268, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Extraordinary People - Robochick And The Bionic Boy [documentary]}}, month = {May},year = {2011}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=409}}


The following documentary contains a few very relevant aspects to below elbow amputee prosthetics and research.

It describes the journey of a blind woman that receives an experimental brain implant to restore vision, and the story of a man who lost his left hand in an accident and then got an iLimb.

This is a great documentary as it offers examples of what today is sold to disabled people as "bionic".

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JOKE OF THE DAY - eHow "prosthetic training"

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - JOKE OF THE DAY - eHow "prosthetic training"; published November 12, 2010, 01:16; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=366.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571443268, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - JOKE OF THE DAY - eHow "prosthetic training"}}, month = {November},year = {2010}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=366}}


From eHow:

Home Program Exercises for Prosthetics

Upper Extremity

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Gedankengesteuerte Armprothese von Otto Bock: die Michelangelo-Hand [Medien-Hysterie]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Gedankengesteuerte Armprothese von Otto Bock: die Michelangelo-Hand [Medien-Hysterie]; published May 16, 2010, 21:46; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=308.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571443268, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Gedankengesteuerte Armprothese von Otto Bock: die Michelangelo-Hand [Medien-Hysterie]}}, month = {May},year = {2010}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=308}}


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Wie immer: Nichtbehinderte verfallen immer wieder in eine Art Hysterie beim Thema Prothesentechnik, und die kann blind machen

Von Nichtbehinderten wissen wir, dass sie mitunter bei Kontakt mit Behinderten eine sie selbst blind machende Hysterie, einen gestressten Eifer an den Tag legen.

Ein Problem koennte sein, dass unser Comme-il-faut, unser Benimm-Buch, der Umgangs-Kodex unserer Gesellschaft, keine wirklichen Regeln fuer den Umgang mit Behinderungen vorsieht. Es ist daher Vorsicht, Mut und Improvisationstalent gefragt. Das ist aber nicht allen Leuten gegeben. Das Fehlen derartiger Hilfestellungen koennte dann dazu fuehren, dass Nichtbehinderte, die mit diesen etwas unklaren Situationen ueberfordert sind, auf gelegentlich durchaus stereotype Weise reagieren.

Auch Journalisten haben solche Reaktionen. Die Gesellschaft insgesamt 'kennt' dann die Darbieter des Wunderglaubens, man sei 'da' (mit verheissungsvollem Blick auf den Armstumpf) schon 'sehr weit' - etwa Otto Bock oder Touchbionics.

Da geben sich diese Firmen echte Muehe, aus etwas Plastik und Elektrik Dinge fuer einen tausendfachen Preis als "bionische Prothese" zu verkaufen. Versicherungen sind verunsichert ;) und die Hersteller wittern extreme Renditen. Aber wer ihnen auf den Leim geht, ist selbst schuld: Medienhypes sind nicht neu. Und sie sind als schaedlich zu betrachten.

Und jetzt heisst es, die Michelangelo-Hand sei 'gedankengesteuert'. So ... mal wieder ein hysterischer Tag?

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Prosthetic industry and academic research language grossly exaggerates to cover up absent technical progress [terminology review]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Prosthetic industry and academic research language grossly exaggerates to cover up absent technical progress [terminology review]; published April 15, 2010, 18:40; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=299.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571443268, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Prosthetic industry and academic research language grossly exaggerates to cover up absent technical progress [terminology review]}}, month = {April},year = {2010}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=299}}


In prosthetic industry, language is often used in a wrong way. There are exaggerations as far as the eye reaches. Let us have a close look at what these exaggerations are. Secondly, amputees and media often use language in a similarly wrong way. Exaggerations as well.

Why all that drama?

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Watchdog post - media idiocy hyping up prosthetic fairytales [update]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Watchdog post - media idiocy hyping up prosthetic fairytales [update]; published January 21, 2010, 23:40; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=266.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571443268, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Watchdog post - media idiocy hyping up prosthetic fairytales [update]}}, month = {January},year = {2010}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=266}}


We all know that there are two worlds with respect to prostheses - unfortunately there is often only a minimal overlap:

  • The reality.
  • The media.

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Critique of "Bionic Legs, i-Limbs, and Other Super Human Prosheses You’ll Envy" [article on Fast Company]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Critique of "Bionic Legs, i-Limbs, and Other Super Human Prosheses You’ll Envy" [article on Fast Company]; published January 21, 2010, 15:50; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=1585.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571443268, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Critique of "Bionic Legs, i-Limbs, and Other Super Human Prosheses You’ll Envy" [article on Fast Company]}}, month = {January},year = {2010}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=1585}}


Bionic Legs, i-Limbs, and Other Super Human Prosheses You’ll Envy

“Prosheses”. Super Human Grammar You’ll Envy. Pfffrt :) But it gets even more idiotic. The Fast Company strikes, some people that lack understanding cite his works as “that is where we are headed” [360].

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