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

Stefania Sansoni, Leslie Speer, Andrew Wodehouse, Adrianus Buis

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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
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9783319294322, 9783319805719
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2016


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


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