Embedded research in rehabilitation engineering

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David Foord and Kyberd, P. 2020. Embedded research in rehabilitation engineering. Prometheus. 36 (3), pp. 217-234. https://doi.org/10.2307/j50022063
AuthorsDavid Foord and Kyberd, P.
Abstract

We examine concepts of new knowledge creation and embedded research in a case study on the i-limb, the world’s first commercial prosthetic hand with five
independently-powered digits. Although the case demonstrates many elements of the mode 2 concept, it does not adequately describe the influence of context. In addition to the forces of contextualization, we argue there was also a strong influence on the R&D process and product from the embedding of scientific research and technology development in a location of use, specifically a prosthetic clinic in a hospital. We use the literature on embedded research to supplement our examination of this case of new knowledge creation. We contribute to the literature on mode 2 knowledge production and contexts of application by applying the literature on embedded research to explain the creation of new knowledge in locations of use.

KeywordsUpper limb prosthetics, i-limb hand, Mode 2 knowledge prodcution, prosthetic hand
Year2020
JournalPrometheus
Journal citation36 (3), pp. 217-234
PublisherPluto Journals
ISSN 0810-9028
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.2307/j50022063
Web address (URL)https://puredev.port.ac.uk/en/publications/5b9c1588-b166-4fb0-ab0a-3162add02511
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