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.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmotional Engineering
EditorsFukuda Shuichi
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
Pages73-92
Number of pages20
Volume4
Edition1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2016

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Prosthetics
Robotics

Keywords

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

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Sansoni, S., Speer, L., Wodehouse, A., & Buis, A. (2016). Aesthetic of prosthetic devices: from medical equipment to a work of design. In F. Shuichi (Ed.), Emotional Engineering (1 ed., Vol. 4, pp. 73-92). Switzerland. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-29433-9
Sansoni, Stefania ; Speer, Leslie ; Wodehouse, Andrew ; Buis, Adrianus. / Aesthetic of prosthetic devices : from medical equipment to a work of design. Emotional Engineering. editor / Fukuda Shuichi. Vol. 4 1. ed. Switzerland, 2016. pp. 73-92
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Aesthetic of prosthetic devices : from medical equipment to a work of design. / Sansoni, Stefania; Speer, Leslie; Wodehouse, Andrew; Buis, Adrianus.

Emotional Engineering. ed. / Fukuda Shuichi. Vol. 4 1. ed. Switzerland, 2016. p. 73-92.

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Sansoni S, Speer L, Wodehouse A, Buis A. Aesthetic of prosthetic devices: from medical equipment to a work of design. In Shuichi F, editor, Emotional Engineering. 1 ed. Vol. 4. Switzerland. 2016. p. 73-92 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-29433-9