Biomedical engineering students at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Ind., designed a robotic arm prosthetic arm for a young boy with a condition known as bilateral radial and ulnar hypoplasia, leaving him with no forearms and only two tiny fingers on each hand, according to an article on the Rose-Hulman Website.
The students’ project, supervised by professors Kay C Dee, Glen Livesay and Renee Rogge. The prosthetic limb works with the Michael Amerman’s fully functional fingers. The resulting device extends his reach, and allows him greater independence, while being fun and simple to operate, according to the article.
“We wanted it to be fun for him,” Oruche said in the article. The fun factor was one reason the joystick was incorporated into the design he said.
Michael uses the joystick to control the device. Oruche, Telezyn and Britton traveled to Michael’s hometown of Clinton, Ind. every Wednesday. They began by observing Michael in the kindergarten class before taking measurements and documenting his level of mobility. As the development of the prosthetic device progressed, the team used their time with Michael to make adjustments to the custom-made device.
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