BORN TO BE ABLE
we believe in.
Mia Hand embodies all our ideas, the compromises we chose not to make and the failures that led us to the present achievements.
Mia Hand was born able to be useful for somebody.
It was born able to break prejudices.
Having a single well-defined meaning that can only be interpreted in one way; unambiguous.
We believe it is not right to have univocal views, with rigid concepts defined and applied collectively. Or, at least, not when talking about people.
All of us at Prensilia have always been well aware of the small yet substantial difference between univocal and unique. Indeed, one-way and one-of-a-kind are not synonyms.
When talking about ability, it is hard to think in one-size-fits-all terms. Instead, we can – and want to – speak in terms of uniqueness.
Our unique abilities come from our own path, which has turned us into one-of-a-kind persons without being univocal, without ever thinking that our ability level is collective and generalised for everyone.
Indeed, generalising the concept of ability and thinking of it in a binary way – able vs disabled – is reductive and incorrect, besides being discriminatory.
Human life is in constant evolution: it changes by nature. We all develop a specific skill set in our childhood, improving upon some of them in our teens, while others get gradually eliminated. Two children will never develop the exact same skills in the same way at the same time.
Once again, a few examples are more than enough to confirm how weak and faltering the one-way interpretation of ability truly is.
Remove anything superfluous,
Uni vocal que.
to get to the essentials.
During the design of Mia Hand we thought to ourselves: let us eliminate anything unnecessary and focus on the essentials instead. And so we did. A philosophy we fully embrace in every area.
Getting out of the one-way trap can be difficult and tiresome at times, as it implies constant commitment and some degree of firmness in defending one’s ideas. It also requires courage.
However, in a fast-paced system that tends to standardise the essentials and personalise the superfluous, we need to stay united in our fight against prejudice, exclusion and discrimination.
Mia Hand was born for this. To be one of a kind, just like you.
Unique among the unique.
Each person is one of a kind. This concept is deep-rooted in our minds. Therefore, we will always start from there each time we conceive or redesign new parts of Mia Hand.
Our focus and dedication allowed us to achieve what Mia Hand is today: the first multi-articulated myoelectric upper limb prosthesis whose external components can be fully customised.
Our firm belief and philosophy led us to win the most prestigious industrial design awards, from the Reddot Award to the Compasso d’Oro Award.
Giving people with a limb difference the opportunity to make Mia Hand their own has forced us to face many technical and manufacturing issues, all of which are left behind today.
The four external components of Mia Hand are fully customisable; we have harnessed a unique blend of innovative manufacturing techniques to make your imagination tangible.
We overcame the limits of univocity to devote ourselves to the unique.