In this section, we highlight some developments during the making of Prosthetic X.
We have explored various forms and materials, experimented through workshop settings, elaborated on data privacy and investigated intuitive feedback.
Our research started with the following text and image on the relevance of healthy ageing.
Welcome in the year 2030…
In Europe, over a quarter of society consists of people above 60 years – the ‘silver’ population. Luckily, they are able to age healthy and beautifully. They live increasingly more independent and secure at home, avoid, delay or reduce hospitalization and are able to better socialize and participate in society.
Our environment is increasingly wired, sensor-filled and digital health has become a lifestyle and therefore it dictates new beauty standards. Beauty that reflects, evidence-based, how one’s health is, while empowering with vital signs to change behavior or get access to care.
Isn’t it beautiful, that aging goes along with a new beauty standard? And with expectations that 120 years will be easily achieved, you are with 60 only halfway. Giving the second half of your life a new look, while monitoring health to feel healthy.
To facilitate this, Prosthetic X is envisioned to be a widely adopted artificial organ. It is an assistive technology that plays a role in supporting people both in terms of active aging and in relation to coping with failing health by providing early warnings.
Just like taking care of a flower, you take care of your prosthetic. And with the attention and reaction it gets, it glooms, flowers and prospers. Same counts for our new beauty ideal on age: with age comes wisdom and the body glooms and prospers.
As in nature, like animals show their warnings/ attraction and hide skills, each Prosthetic can change shape, surface and color to signal, processing the users data in real time.