Immaculate

Seen at the Gift & Interior trade #3:
In September I wrote about “The Design Revolution of Proaesthetics Supports” and it is obviously in the wind to rethink the design of medical devices. Master student Hans Alexander Huseklepp at AHO, have made the concept “Immaculate” that explores new possibilities for prosthetic devices. Instead of imitating a normal arm he wants apply the same philosophy used in eyewear. And make the products go from being purely functional to become objects of fashion and identity!



Immaculate is a neurological prosthetic, connected to the users central nervous system. The exterior of the prosthetic is textile clad in Corian plates. The Corian allows embedded technology to be seamlessly integrated, and in union with the textile gives the prosthetic a clear graphical identity. Each joint is a globe joint, allowing a larger freedom of movement than a normal human arm.


19 kommentarer:

4life said...

This dress is amazing - where's it from?

Sergeant Tooth said...

Does it really work or is it just a model? Either way it's freaking awesome, it makes me want one even though I have both arms. :D

Julia said...

Im sorry but i dont know where the dress is from, but i will try to find out for you! This is what the designer him self has written about the design/and the tecnology part:
Immaculate is a concept that explores new possibilities for prosthetic devices. It aims to question the strive for normality and imitation in prosthetics, and instead attempts to incorporate identity and new functionality. Immaculate means flawless, and reflects on the amputee not being less of a person.

"As of today prosthetics are technological skeletons covered in silicone. They imitate the look of a natural arm perfectly, but as soon as someone touches it one realize it’s a prosthetic. The consequence is then a phenomenon researchers call “The Uncanny Valley”, whereas something is so lifelike the realization of it being artificial leads to shock and revulsion.

To avoid this, and to promote the interests of the prosthetic users I want to apply the same philosophy used in eyewear. These support products have gone from being purely functional to become objects of fashion and identity. Furthermore it turns it into an object of beauty instead of a technological object masquerading as a natural arm.

Immaculate is a neurological prosthetic, connected to the users central nervous system. The exterior of the prosthetic is textile clad in Corian plates. The Corian allows embedded technology to be seamlessly integrated, and in union with the textile gives the prosthetic a clear graphical identity. Each joint is a globe joint, allowing a larger freedom of movement than a normal human arm. 

Instead of imitating the ordinary Immaculate strives for the extraordinary."

Phillip said...

That is amazing, I think if i was promised 2 of those, I'd chop off both my arms.

Although it would be better if there was more freedom as far as the fingers go, 3 fingers just seems to not be cutting it.

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4life said...

@Julia -- thanks! the arm is also pretty sweet.

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Patrick W. said...

She's working that prostetic arm. I'd like to buy that girl a drink, if Mega Man hasn't already called dibs!

Anonymous said...

Would never work b/c there are no linkages..It looks amazing but the physics of it are purely aesthetic.

Doug said...

It could work via wireless communication to another device on or implanted in her body. The arm would probably have to be recharged while she sleeps, though.

There was an article in yesterday's New York Times about rewiring nerves to control a prosthetic arm.

Photos in the article show that the hand looks rather life like, but it is bit unnerving when you get to the elbow... a good example of the uncanny valley. Video of the arm in use (sans pseudo skin) is quite impressive, and I actually prefer the look of it without the skin.

Anonymous said...

This is awesome! As an arm amputee, it's really cool. My current prosthetics are simple hooks as I avoid the "uncanny valley". Makes things weird if I wear a hand or two. I'd love to have one or two of these units! I'm sure my wife would too...hooks are no fun in bed and I'd love to make a statement as the designer said!! Prosthetics should indeed become a statement. Few are choosing "realistic looking" limbs. I want to be special!

zentinal said...

This design is incredibly beautiful! It mostly avoids the uncanny valley by not trying to mimic born with limbs, instead opting for the aesthetic of the manufactured surface. Think Syd Mead or Colani. Bravo!

I cannot wait until you design a working leg.

swisswuff said...

I absolutely love that it has a digital watch. It kicks my butt to wear one!

http://www.swisswuff.ch/tech

Anonymous said...

Amen to the comment above - I have worn a hook since I was 18, and although I am really quite pleased with the function I get, I would dearly love to be able to wear an arm like this that had aesthetic qualities beyond that of a stark stainlesss steel claw! (And my husband definitely agrees!)

nick012000 said...

That arm's awesome; it looks like something out of science fiction. I sincerely hope it goes into mass production in the near future.

readyceleste12457 said...

Do they make legs like this? If so where do i look for em?

Anonymous said...

I think this is a great concept... the idea that prosthetics do not have to be 'realistic' and that the mechanical look of a prosthesis is 'cool'. Many amputees hold this to be true. This is not a new concept & it's growing. Check out Otto Bock's C-Leg micprocessor knee unit. I think the majority of users I see with the C-Leg do not use a cover and the manufacturers have designed it to look streamlined and stylized- without a cosmetic cover. Anyone hear of Aimee Mullins, the bilateral below the knee amputee/advocate & supermodel? It's true, though, that upper extremity amputees usually have to decide between a hook/greifer, or a hand that looks somewhat real. It would be REALLY nice to have more options. The concept here is awesome, but I agree with one of the comments that this would never work in reality (as far as the joint design/suspension)... at least with current technology. It is forward thinking, though.

Mira mira.loves.udaipur@gmail.com said...

I think this is good but I am used to my prosthetic 'hook sytle'. Not pretty but functions for me. mira.loves.udaipur@gmail.com

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