Scott Summit: Beautiful artificial limbs
Scott Summit - Industrial Designer
Scott Summit uses his 20 years of experience as an industrial designer to make artificial limbs that help people take personal control of these intimate objects. Full bio
with, or in this case,
with, for the most part.
in biology, chemistry or engineering,
about biomedical engineering today.
making lots of things identical.
there's something impersonal
to design one thing for one person
aimed more to a demographic model
by the whole process in general,
and redesign designing altogether,
and that got me to this guy.
of him somewhere.
or the designer of designers.
a household word
Six Million Dollar Man
this pop culture show,
for a real person,
way out in the fringe
the quality of life for somebody
for the rest of their life.
into a design philosophy,
into the studio that I have now;
to think along these lines.
but it works for us.
about prosthetic limbs
of functionality and performance
of an industrial designer,
or the beauty or the individual qualities
for a lot of people, that doesn't work.
stuffed with other gym socks
the shape that once was;
is not a mechanical entity,
can address them.
our kinematic sculpture.
for mass production,
instead of hard geometry,
by mass production,
in the new design process,
when you scan somebody:
into your computer.
the surviving limb, mirror it over,
will recreate symmetry --
and as hard to achieve
that, no matter what,
as their fingerprint.
of creating two identical things.
computer modeling, 3D CAD.
of the individual's taste and personality
print the results.
after the panels on a motorcycle
into a sculptural thing.
it's really tricky to play soccer
where there used to be a leg.
that look like sporting gear.
he just pulled it out of the gym bag,
of his body came back to him.
the ball, to feel the ball,
that original shape that he had had
is that the other members of the team
as the amputee on the team.
becoming a focal point for him.
very quiet value in that,
of James's personality and style.
into what would be his calf.
of his motorcycle.
you can't really tell at first glance
and where James starts.
between the two,
look like it could be human.
cool and beautiful,
can't wait to show the world,
"He's an amputee with a prosthetic."
with something really cool going on.
what came out of it to be really sexy,
that lends itself well to 3D printing.
the contour of the leg,
giving form to the lace.
is you can see daylight through it.
is totally visible.
and shape and contours
that matched her purse,
where we laser-tattooed the leather,
from one minute to the next?
of somebody's personality as we can.
His will be finished next week.
that we deal with.
but in polished nickel.
to show his tattoos,
into the leather.
because we can do this,
to what will be a part of him.
we believe in that.
of somebody's personal taste and choice,
defining their body.
and expressing something
what would be their body,
and suggests them in the best way we can.
and this whole process:
to making one thing per person;
really lends itself well to complexity.
the work we're doing now.
It's symmetric to the other leg.
to create, curbside recyclable,
about that all the time,
it works just great.
that I could go anywhere in the world
and a laptop computer,
for somebody, in a matter of hours,
printed leg for a very low cost.
we're finding it; we'll get there.
and created this for John.
is that when his fiancee looked at this,
better than that leg."
what he goes through --
there's something very valuable.
"Nobody says that."
that this is a new type of design,
the original process on its head,
between the designer and the end user,
some of the control --
into the process, and their taste.
to a greater change that's happening
products will be evaluated
part of the DNA of the end product itself.
on how well they address a unique person,
in one of the first legs we did;
that shape in eight years."
and energy we put into it,
About the speaker:Scott Summit - Industrial Designer
Scott Summit uses his 20 years of experience as an industrial designer to make artificial limbs that help people take personal control of these intimate objects.
Why you should listen
Scott Summit is the founder and chief technology officer of Bespoke Innovations. Founded in 2010 in collaboration with an orthopaedic surgeon, their focus is to create individualized artificial limbs that the patients themselves can choose and personalize. With more than 20 patents to his name, he has held faculty positions at Stanford, Carnegie Mellon and Singularity University. He is also the founder of industrial design firm Summit ID.
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