My rehab hospital has a new exoskeleton for use by stroke and spinal cord patients. People in wheelchairs can walk around using this machine. The company that makes the device is also researching exoskeletons that add strength to soldiers.
This week is Head of the Charles, a regatta where people from all over the world row down the Charles River in Boston. I am amused: Harvard Square, usually filled with unathletic nerds, is instead dominated by tall, wide, buff people.
Choreographer Heidi Lasky has been creating works with abled and disabled dancers. Here is part of a work entitled the Gimp Project. She defines “Gimp” as: 1. a ribbonlike, braided fabric 2. fighting spirit; vigor 3. a lame person 4. slang; a halting, lame walk 5. to turn, vacillate, tremble ecstatically. Youtube here….
I’m getting my back zapped! I’ve been using electrical stimulation on my arm and hand for this past year. It has led to a much looser hand. Now, my therapist has connected me with a huge multilimb machine. I go to my rehab hospital twice a week. Then I get covered electrodes on my back, shoulder, and arm. Then I use a stationary bike for my arms while I get zapped for 30 minutes. I’ll let you know how it goes…
James is a scientist who was in a horrible accident and needed prosthetics. Then a video game company advertised for a patient who wanted a cyborg arm, like one of their game characters. You can see his story here.
At the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, they are running an exhibit on fashion and technology. One piece is a video by the Alternative Limb Project, of art and prosthetics. Here are some more images of Model / Pop Singer Viktoria Modesta, who has a prosthetic.