Product Design>Atharva Ravindra Mandhare
Student Name: Atharva Ravindra Mandhare
Guide: Dr. Gayatri Menon
Pro Kids
Bionic/Myo-electrical prosthesis is one of the most advanced and intuitive control-based systems used in developing upper limb prosthesis arms in the market. With this technology, the user will be able to hold intricately shaped objects with ease. A very few options are available today for kids in myoelectric arms in India. Almost all bionic arms for kids are imported, which is costly for Indian users to afford. Adding on to it, kids grow as they age. Hence there is a requirement of upgrading/changing their prosthesis after a certain period which is not a cost-efficient solution when it comes to the myoelectric prosthesis. In addition to that, children react differently to disabilities than adults do. Hence just a scaled-down version of a prosthetic arm cannot serve the purpose. Through a user-centric approach, the user’s needs and expectations were put in the centre to come up with solutions that cater to the user’s requirements, experience, and factors concerning other stakeholders in the system. Multiple design interventions were done to bridge the gap and connect the audience to the myoelectric prosthesis. Through this project, the student tried to understand prostheses from a kid’s perspective and tried to empathize with what a prosthesis would mean to them. A prosthesis is not limited to serve as an aid for an amputee but should also enhance the user’s experience and connect to its users emotionally and functionally.
Keywords: artificial limb, child amputee, myoelectric prosthesis, prosthetics, robotic arm
Student Name: Atharva Ravindra Mandhare
Programme: B.Des.
Guide: Dr. Gayatri Menon