Aesthetic of prosthetic devices: from medical equipment to a work of design

Stefania Sansoni, Leslie Speer, Andrew Wodehouse, Adrianus Buis

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Abstract

Aesthetics of prosthesis design is a field of research investigating the visual aspect of the devices as a factor connected to the emotional impact in prosthetic users. In this chapter we present a revised concept of perception and use of prosthetic devices by offering a view of ‘creative product’ rather than ‘medical device’ only. Robotic-looking devices are proposed as a way of promoting a new and fresh perception of amputation and prosthetics, where ‘traditional’ uncovered or realis-tic devices are claimed not to respond with efficacy to the aesthetic requirements of a creative product. We aim to promote a vision for a change in the understand-ing of amputation - and disability in general - by transforming the concept of Dis-ability to Super-ability, and to propose the use of attractive-looking prosthetic forms for promoting this process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmotional Engineering
EditorsFukuda Shuichi
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Pages73-92
Number of pages20
Volume4
Edition1
ISBN (Print)9783319294322, 9783319805719
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2016

Keywords

  • prosthetic devices
  • medical equipment
  • robotic devices
  • attractive looking prosthetic forms
  • prosthetic design

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