2021 AMI Online Salon

Innovation Through Competition

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Eric Chung
  • Client: Faculty adviser: Marc Dryer
  • Copyright: Eric Chung, 2020
  • Medium/software used: Maya, Photoshop
  • Final presentation format: Print, Journal Cover
  • Primary Audience: Educated lay audience

Project Description

Current assistive technologies tend to lack functionality and usability, leading to poor acceptance and insufficient support during daily activities. Cybathlon was thus established to promote the research and innovation of such devices. It includes a science symposium followed by a competition for contestants with motor impairments who compete in disciplines based on device technology and use case. This image’s goal was to engage lay viewers by using 3D software to create a visual metaphor that conveyed a scientific event. Prostheses arm wrestling represent the strength and dexterity for which biomedical engineers aim, while also indicating the competitive context under stadium lights. The grasping pose also suggests the simultaneous collaborative nature of the initiative.The arms were modeled to be visually distinctive to reflect a growing movement amongst prosthesis users promoting the role of aesthetic in device acceptance, particularly with more bespoke, bolder designs.