Open Source Affordable Accessible Prosthetics
Genta Kondo and Natsuko Kurasawa
Date & Time
Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 18:00 to 19:30
Room 825,1555 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai
Through a grant from Google.org's Google Impact Challenge, Mission ARM Japan has teamed with prosthetic manufacturer Exiii to create and deploy affordable, well-designed, 3D printed, open-source prosthetics. CEO of Exiii Inc, Genta Kondo and Director of Mission ARM Japan Natsuko Kurasawa will present the Tokyo-based organization's program and how it makes connections to people with disabilities, as well as relevant professionals such as physicians, prosthetisists, clinicians, and engineers to provide accessible publicly available functional prosthetic designs.
Genta Kondo is a catalyst of nonprofit organisation Mission ARM Japan, and former CEO of Exiii Inc. He with his team produced open-source 3D-printable bionic arm named “HACKberry” and accompanying communities both online/offline. His current role is to grow a community into solid platform that sustainably produces fashion for upper-limb disabilities.
Genta received MS from the University of Tokyo in 2011. During 2009 to 2010, he studied at UC Berkeley. In 2011, he joined Sony Corporation and pursued the commercialisation of robotics technology until he resigned his post in June of 2014. He founded exiii Inc. in October of 2014 and resigned his post in September 2016. Since October 2016, he works with Sony again to promote its midterm strategy, along with his vocation in Mission ARM Japan.
Natsuko Kurasawa is a director of non-profit organization Mission ARM Japan (MAJ). Her right arm was amputated from shoulder in 2011 because of bone cancer. Confronting lack of information and opportunity to meet a peer, she established MAJ to make a casual community for people suffering from upper-limb disabilities and people who can assist them. Now she is developing 3D-printed prosthetic shoulder together with members having background in design engineering. She is also a mother of two daughters. For more information: http://exiii.jp
Introduction and moderation of the Q&A by Marianne Petit, Associate Arts Professor at NYU Shanghai.
Location & Details
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Metro: Century Avenue Station, Metro Lines 2/4/6/9 Exit 6 in location B
Bus: Century Avenue at Pudian Road, Bus Lines 169/987