Mechatronics Enabling Kit for 3D Printed Hand Prosthesis
Editor: Wartzack, Sandro; Schleich, Benjamin; Gon
Author: Wong, Tat Hang (1); Asnaghi, Davide (2); Leung, Suk Wai Winnie (1)
Institution: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Section: Design for additive manufacturing
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.1017/dsi.2019.81
New advances in both neurosciences and computational approaches have changed the landscapes for smart devices design serving mobility-related disabilities. In this paper we present the integration of affordable robotics and wearable sensors through our mechatronic product platform, Sparthan, to enable accessibility of the technology in both the power prosthesis and neurorehabilitation space. Sparthan leverages 3rd party EMG sensors, Myo armband, to process muscles sensor data and translate user intention into hand movements. Key innovation includes the modularity, scalability and high degree of customization the solution affords to the target users. User-centered design approaches and mechatronic system design are detailed to demonstrate the versatility of integrative systems and design. What started off as an engineering research endeavor is also positioned to be deployed to deliver real-world impact, especially for prosthesis users in developing countries.