Students invent voice-activated grasping tool for disabled man

Using two motors, speech-recognition software and an exo-skeleton inspired by science fiction, three Johns Hopkins University undergraduates have designed and built a muscle enhancement device that will help a disabled man grasp and lift a cup, a book and other household items. By uttering commands such as open and raise, the man will receive mechanical help in moving his fingers and bending his elbow. The motorized plastic shell will fit over the right arm of the man, who has an extremely rare degenerative muscle disorder called inclusion body myositis

This device, which could be adapted for other people with disabilities, was developed during two semesters by students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering's Senior Design Project course. The project originated last summer when the man with the muscle disease sought help from Volunteers for Medical Engineering, a nonprofit Baltimore group that uses technology to assist people with disabilities. The client, who asked that his name not be disclosed, explained that his nerves were intact, meaning that he could control the placement of his fingers around an object. But progressive muscle deterioration left him unable to grasp and lift even small objects.

To help him, the VME sponsored a project in the Johns Hopkins course. The task of designing and building the device went to a team consisting of three senior students: Jonathan Hofeller, 21, a mechanical engineering major from Needham, Mass.; Christina Peace, 21, a biomedical engineering major from Baltimore; and Nathaniel Young, 22, a biomedical engineering major from Dayton, Ohio. The students researched prosthetic limbs and, taking a cue from props featured in the film Aliens, they designed a plastic exo-skeleton that could slide over the clients right hand and arm. To help move his fingers and elbow, the students tested and rejected systems using electromagnets and air pressure systems. They finally settled on two small but

Contact: Phil Sneiderman
Johns Hopkins University

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Students of mixed races report suffering more health problems
2. Students eat excessive amounts of fat at school
3. Students join scientists in search of asthma triggers
4. Students demonstrate water quality tests
5. Students Show Restraint Could Cut School Bus Injuries
6. From Cow Brains To Surgical Scrubs: Selected Students Will Get A Close-Up Look At Neurosurgery At Brainworks
7. Teen Line Panel Of Six High School Students To Address The Issue Of Teens And Tolerance
8. Temples Virtual Lab Helps Disabled Students
9. Medical Students Are Taking Risks With HIV During Elective Studies
10. Despite Progress, More Action Needed To Protect Medical Students From Exposure To Disease Through Accidental Needlesticks, UCSF Study Finds
11. Why Do We Make It Difficult For Students To Hear In Class?

Post Your Comments:

(Date:1/24/2020)... SALT LAKE CITY (PRWEB) , ... January 24, ... ... be recognized as one of the Healthiest Employers of Utah in 2019. ... which honors organizations that prioritize their employees’ health. The program analyzes companies’ adoption ...
(Date:1/24/2020)... Ariz. (PRWEB) , ... January 24, 2020 , ... ... is teaming up with celebrity fitness expert and best-selling nutrition author Jorge Cruise ... sugars and intermittent fasting. , “I’m an enthusiastic advocate of intermittent fasting, that ...
(Date:1/23/2020)... ... ... SignatureCare Emergency Center is set to expand to North Dallas with the ... the heart of Lewisville, on 1596 W. Main St., Lewisville, TX 75067, the new ... , It will serve residents and businesses around Lewisville, TX, including Double Oak, ...
(Date:1/23/2020)... ... 23, 2020 , ... MemoryCare.com , a comprehensive resource ... Memory Care Facilities in Santa Rosa, California. The guide identifies 5 memory care ... According to the Alzheimer’s Association , 5.6 million people age 65 and ...
(Date:1/23/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... January 23, 2020 , ... ... of providing programs and services that improve workforce resilience, is presenting at the ... serves as an advocate and resource for organizations that devote themselves to society’s ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/23/2020)... ... January 23, 2020 , ... Please join American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) ... Society’s president for 2020. Dr. Dorbala is the director of nuclear cardiology at Brigham ... radiology at Harvard. Over more than 20 years as an ASNC member, she has ...
(Date:1/23/2020)... ... January 23, 2020 , ... Aeroflow Healthcare, a ... announced a strategic partnership with the Idaho Physicians Network (IPN), a state-wide network ... will provide IPN patients with its full suite of durable medical equipment, often ...
(Date:1/22/2020)... ... January 22, 2020 , ... Natreon, a nutritional ingredient company, ... chebula. This newly granted patent expands Natreon’s strong patent portfolio to a total of ... claim in this patent is, “a method of treating osteoarthritis in a mammal, comprising ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: