Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Carpal Skin

Work by: Neri Oxman
Wrist Splint
2009-2010, Acrylic Composites
Museum of Science, Boston
 
Carpal Skin is a prototype for a protective glove to protect against Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a medical condition in which the median nerve is compressed at the wrist, leading to numbness, muscle atrophy, and weakness in the hand. Night-time wrist splinting is the recommended treatment for most patients before going into carpal tunnel release surgery. Carpal Skin is a process by which to map the pain-profile of a particular patient—its intensity and duration—and to distribute hard and soft materials to fit the patient’s anatomical and physiological requirements, limiting movement in a customized fashion. The form-generation process is inspired by animal coating patterns in the control of stiffness variation. Photos: Mikey Siegel
 
This is my first example of how the textile and medical industrys are teaming together to create truly phenomenal work. Practical yet stimulating to look at, it is these kind of examples which i will show in my exhibition.

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