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A collaborative design by Sophie de Oliveira Barata, Dani Clode, Jason Taylor & Hugo Elias
For Kelly Knox
Photography by Omkaar Kotedia
The Alternative Limb Project, 2017

“Proper out there!!! Weird and wonderful – it felt very alien which suited me perfectly, haha!
It’s a very beautiful piece too: the flowers are stunning. Clever design…”

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.

The Team

Project manager: Sophie de Oliveira Barata:
Concept creation, silicone sculptor and casting

Product designer: Dani Clode
Concept creation and design / mechanical engineering /material resourcing.

Multidisciplinary designer: Jason Taylor
Design / mechanical engineering / 3D modelling / rapid prototyping / CNC / lasercutting / vac forming.

Robotics engineer: Hugo Elias
Design / Build of Electronics

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