The Vine Arm

This prosthetic limb was created for the model and body confidence advocate Kelly Knox by the Alternative Limb Project. The arm was designed by Sophie de Oliveira Barata, with mechanical engineering by Dani Clode, 3-D modelling by Jason Taylor and electronic engineering by Hugo Elias.

This piece explores Kelly Knox’s interest in the extraterrestrial in the shape of a botanical tentacle.

A flora/fauna hybrid, we created verdant armor inspired by terrestrial plants for the surface of the arm, with an alien structure which lies beneath the skin. 26 individual vertebrae allow subtle, organic movements of the arm as it curves and curls around objects.

There are four degrees-of-freedom within the arm, controlled by Kelly’s big toes. With four force sensors embedded in her shoes, Kelly can flex the four individual sections, or can combine two at a time, to create dynamic curves that react in real-time, allowing Kelly precise control.

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