Somatic Senses Required for the Emotional Design of Upper Limb Prosthesis

  • Luisa M. ArrudaEmail author
  • Luís F. Silva
  • Helder Carvalho
  • Miguel A. F. Carvalho
  • Fernando B. N. Ferreira
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1026)


Despite the technological advances associated with prostheses, the total embodiment is still the great challenge in the segment of assistive technology. One of the main aspects is that the bionic member’s sensibility is not responsive to the environment that surrounds it. The purpose of this study aims to identify the perceptual modalities of the somatic senses that are required for a more sensible prosthesis. The methodological strategy contemplates literary research and proposes an interrelationship between neuroscience with philosophical/cultural studies, which regards the different concepts of sensory experience. Such data were analyzed quantitatively and qualitatively. The main conclusion points out that it would be important to unite the nine physiological requirements identified in the state of the art, with the ontological image construction of the prosthesis, in order to create a sensory experience that, in addition to the perceptive organs, builds up by the visual areas of the brain.


Emotional design Upper limb prosthesis Sensibility Somatic sense 



This work is financed by Project “Deus ex Machina”, NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-000026, funded by CCDRN, through Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (Projetos Estruturados I&D&I) of Programa Operacional Regional do Norte, from Portugal 2020 and by Project UID/CTM/00264/2019 of 2C2T – Centro de Ciência e Tecnologia Têxtil, funded by National Founds through FCT/MCTES.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luisa M. Arruda
    • 1
    Email author
  • Luís F. Silva
    • 2
  • Helder Carvalho
    • 1
  • Miguel A. F. Carvalho
    • 1
  • Fernando B. N. Ferreira
    • 1
  1. 1.2C2T – Centro de Ciência e Tecnologia TêxtilUniversity of MinhoGuimaraesPortugal
  2. 2.MEtRICs – Mechanical Engineering and Resource Sustainability CenterUniversity of MinhoGuimaraesPortugal

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