SCALO is a specially designed trans-radial prosthetic arm for the sport of rock climbing. At the moment, almost all prosthetics have been designed for general use, it doesn’t target specific task, unfortunately, for certain activity, user requires specific shape of the prosthetic arm. This project aims to create fully mechanical and modular prosthetic arm, it has to be as economical as possible. The aluminum fairing is designed to dent and deform under contact while in use, in this way, over time, it will become a more personal item.
Extensive research were done, including visitation around UK disability clinics, climbing trips, hospital visits, and also collection of 3D scan data. During the design process, the designer tried to derive the design based around hero users, both men and women that he met from British Army who lost their arms during conflict.
Designer : Samuel Twist
SCALO Prosthetic Climbing Arm has been designed to be able to rotate 360-degrees, providing user complete handholds, but once under force, this tool would lock in place for safe climbing. This device is attached to the user using a silicon sleeve worn over the stump with a fabric elastic band that can be worn above elbow to create a suction lock. This silicon sleeve becomes the case for a stainless steel prong, attached through the socket of the device and can be easily removed via a release pin.
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