ARM / Powered Arm Prosthesis Race
About the Team
The active prosthesis SoftHand Pro is very soft and light, which makes it comfortable to wear. The different drives are connected by tendons, which create fluid movements and allow a flexible and adaptable grip.
SoftHand has been developed since 2012 by the team carrying the same name at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia and the Centro E. Piaggio of the University of Pisa. "As the prototype became more widely known, we received an increasing number of inquiries from people with amputations who wanted to use the hand. The team saw the potential for SoftHand to make a significant contribution to an underserved population and began the development of SoftHand Pro. Their goal at the time was to develop a prosthesis that was robust, reliable and easy to control." recalls team manager Cristina Piazza. As a next step, the researchers plan to integrate an active wrist to increase the versatility and possibilities of use. But first, they want to succeed at CYBATHLON with Maria Rosanna Fossati.
Pilot - Maria Rosanna Fossati
Maria was born without a left forearm and has been using passive prostheses since she can remember. She first came into contact with SoftHand Pro as a tester, but soon she became part of the team. She has a Ph.D. in design and is contributing to the future of prostheses as a researcher. "SoftHand Pro is unique, I’m proud to have the opportunity to use it! The prosthesis is designed for intuitive use and allows me to interact socially. I want to challenge and experience the potential of the prosthesis." explains the Italian who lives with her family in Milan.
Maria trains several times a week for the CYBATHLON on a replicated course, “The biggest challenge for me is to stay calm during the competition and not to give in to pressure and stress.” If she manages to do this, she could win the gold medal, since, at the ARM Series in Karlsruhe she already came in second.
= Highest score
= Best obstacle time
= Obstacle passed
= Did not finish
For further information check out the detailed CYBATHLON 2020 Global Edition’s Races and Rules
Eccoci al #WMF2021 #WeMakeFuture con Maria Fossati e Manuel Catalano.
Parliamo del progetto Natural Bionics e dell'integrazione delle tecnologie cliniche nel quotidiano. Del ruolo del tester, del designer e dei dettagli oltre la funzionalità di una mano robotica.
Maggiori dettagli nell'intervista in descrizione.
Nell'articolo di Cristina Pozzi su 7 de il Corriere della Sera un'interessante riflessione su #design, #universaldesign, #robotica, #ricerca e i risultati tangibili di tutte queste messe insieme.
Nell'articolo Maria, designer e #fruitrice della protesi robotica di mano #SoftHandPro made in IIT, racconta il design come esperienza di vita.
Siamo felici di aver dato non solo un segnale di ripartenza per l'Italia ma di essere stati un momento di costruzione per il futuro che ci aspetta nel periodo post ripartenza.
Vorremmo potervi ringraziare uno alla volta, ospiti, sponsor, partecipanti, speaker, moderatori, startup, artisti, tecnici.
È stata un'esperienza incredibile, e senza ognuno di voi non sarebbe stato possibile.
A presto! #WeMakeFuture