SwissProsthetics was an Associate project at Wyss Zurich from July 2017 to March 2021.
People suffering from forearm loss or upper amelia (lack of a limb since birth) are restricted in the types of activities they can engage in. To address their specific needs, SwissProsthetics developed a robust, reliable and affordable modular prosthetic solution that allows a variety of activities – such as biking and skiing – to be performed with minimal restrictions.
The team designed prosthetic hand modules for various activities. It has developed and successfully tested solutions for riding a bike, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and playing tennis, among others. The hand modules are coupled to an adaptive shaft through a quick-release coupling system which makes it possible to attach and release the prosthetic modules quickly and reliably. The range of applications was being continuously adapted and expanded.
The project was launched as a two-year cooperative venture between appsocial.org and the Institute of Mechatronic Systems at ZHAW in Winterthur. At Wyss Zurich, the project team evolved the necessary process steps for market entry in close collaboration with the project initiator and mentor, Professor Andreas Trojan, MD. The project team completed various user testing series, developed the prosthetic device as a medical device class 1 product, integrated a user-centric design approach through continuous user feedback, and created an online configurator for a personalized shaft system.
SwissProsthetics was supported by the following partners: appsocial.org foundation, Béatrice Ederer-Weber Stiftung, Gebert Rüf Stiftung, Innosuisse, Michel Fornasier Charity "Give Children a Hand", MyHandicap foundation, Venture, Venture Kick and Wyss Zurich.
Unfortunately, an originally planned continuation of the project outside of Wyss Zurich did not materialize.