- 1 Proposal: The Future of Prosthetics
- 2 Notes
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- 2.2 Artificial Limb. Schlager, Neil. How Products are Made: an Illustrated Guide to Product manufacturing. Detroit: Gale Research Inc., 1994.
- 2.3 We Have Always Been Bionic. Perkowitz, Sidney. Digital People: From Bionic Humans to Androids. Washington, D.C.: Joseph Henry Press, 2004.
- 2.4 Engineering Materials for Biomedical Applications. By Teoh Swee Hin. London: World Scientific, 2004.
- 2.5 Perspectives on How and Why Feet are Prescribed. Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics > 2005 Vol. 17, Num. 4S > pp. 18-22
- 2.6 Terminology in Prosthetic Foot Design and Evaluation. Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics > 2005 Vol. 17, Num. 4S > pp. 12-16
Proposal: The Future of Prosthetics
Research Paper by Travis Pollen
Motivation for Project
I myself wear a prosthesis and am very interested in learning about the future of prosthetics as it pertains to myself as well as bioengineering. (Is there a code of ethics involved?) The situation over the summer involving the sprinter Oscar Pistorius really piqued my curiosity. Could artificial limbs really work better than human ones? Taking into consideration that I’m also missing my knee, could my artificial limb (with the flex foot and hydraulic knee) eventually be as good or better than my human leg? At what price? Also, after seeing I, Robot, I want to know if the technology exists now or is in the making for prosthetic limbs to look like human ones. I’m excited to utilize Swarthmore’s online resources such as science journals to get the newest information out there on this field.
Description of project
Five to six page paper that will include -- in technical as well as lay terms -- the history of prosthetics, current technology, and what the future may hold. I will also research who is doing the most state-of-the-art work, where the work is being done, how much it is costing, and who it is benefiting.
11/20 – Collect information from various sources and in various formats. 11/24 – Begin Wiki page, inputting information such as sources and notes. 11/25-12/8 – Create outline for final paper including source information. 12/9 – Present findings to class. 12/10 – Post final paper to Wiki.