Home > Uncategorized > The Beauty of Science

The Beauty of Science

I enjoy looking through Discovers online magazine every so often, they have recently launched a scientific blog called The Crux. While surfing the archive I came across an interesting article called Exoskeletons Will Be the Eyeglasses of the 21st Century. The author, Kyle Munkittrick, talks about  glasses, canes and other medical materials used to aid an impairment or disability  have become a fashion statement. He also questions the future of  exoskeletons, robotic arms and cybernetic augmentations and their place in the fashion world.

Eyeglasses are the prime example to his claim. Munkittrick has notice that glasses are a couple of the most prolific types of medical augmentations because they were meant to help people with a vision impairment and are now a huge fashion statement to those impaired and those who are not. Frames began very thin, but now have become chunky. People think that they are an essential piece to their identity, disregarding a disability to “look cool.”

Munkittrick then goes in to the idea of exoskeletons one day becoming as popular as glasses. Canes, crutches and wheelchairs are used to help people who have trouble walking but gains have definitely become a fashion statement amongst some groups and some people enjoy swinging or rolling themselves around on crutches and in wheelchairs even if they don’t need them. So what does that mean for exoskeletons, robotic arms and cybernetic augmentations? Munkittrick says that just like thin frames were replaced with chunky one for classes,  they will soon be the chunky counter part to canes, crutches and wheelchairs and become a fashion statement. Even now prosthetics are made more fashionably than they were when they were first created. He says scientists are now thinking “people are going to have to wear these for the rest of their lives” so why not make it “a la mode”? The Esko Bionics in Berkeley California have recently developed a new exoskeleton called Ekso. Though it works perfectly and will give someone who needs it a new life, their ultimate goal in its upgrade is to make it so that it can fit under peoples clothes. If they achieve that, Munkittrick says that everyone will be wearing one.

What do you guys think? Should fashion be considered when developing these types of things? Should people who don’t have an impairment or disability be using devices that help people who do for their of fashion status? Will exoskeletons become the next big thing?

 

 

About these ads
Categories: Uncategorized
  1. aflorio2
    November 20, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I had never thought about the fact that glasses becoming fashionable could be revolutionary. I definitely think it is great that glasses and other things to help people with impairments can be fashionable, as it makes them more accepted in society. However, I don’t know if the fact that some people wear glasses without needing them will translate to the world of prosthetics. Glasses, although sending the message of having a visual impairment, also send the message of being smart. I believe this is a primary reason why people with good vision sport the accessory. However, I have never heard of canes, crutches or wheelchairs sending any other message than one tht says you are hurt or impaired in some way. This wil be interesting to see how it plays out, though I don’t really think that exoskeletons wil become “the next big thing.” (Though they probably will gain some popularity).
    On the other hand, I think it’s great that these things are becoming more fashionable or at least socially accepted, it will probably help a lot of people who actually have to use these things.

  2. aflorio2
    November 20, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    I had never thought about the fact that glasses becoming fashionable could be revolutionary. I definitely think it is great that glasses and other things to help people with impairments can be fashionable, as it makes them more accepted in society. However, I don’t know if the fact that some people wear glasses without needing them will translate to the world of prosthetics. Glasses, although sending the message of having a visual impairment, also send the message of being smart. I believe this is a primary reason why people with good vision sport the accessory. However, I have never heard of canes, crutches or wheelchairs sending any other message than one tht says you are hurt or impaired in some way. This wil be interesting to see how it plays out, though I don’t really think that exoskeletons wil become “the next big thing.” (Though they probably will gain some popularity).
    On the other hand, I think it’s great that these things are becoming more fashionable or at least socially accepted, it will probably help a lot of people who actually have to use these things.

  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 31 other followers

%d bloggers like this: