This thesis is a year-long exploration into designing the access to prosthetic technology, both by making them affordable as well as designing systems and services that enable easier access.
Prosthetics as a form of human augmentation, are one of the many tools that we, as humans, have developed and use to overcome or exceed our physical limitations, like glasses to overcome poor vision. Looking at prosthetics with perspective can enable the empowerment of people with limb differences/limb loss, that historically have been ostracized in society, but presently are treated as abnormal. Thus, a secondary focus of this thesis is the mainstreaming of human augmentation to increase the social acceptability of prosthetics.
My interest in this subject was inspired by the experiences of my friend Manasi, who lost her left leg above the knee in a road accident in 2011.
Please explore some of the projects below addressing various problems I have come across in my research: