DIY Voice-Activated Exoskeleton

Posted 31 May 2002 at 12:42 UTC by steve Share This

A Student team at Johns Hopkins University has built a voice-activated exoskeleton arm and hand for a disabled man. The device was built for less than $8,000. The exoskeleton itself is a plastic structure that can slide on over the disabled arm. Suprisingly, the students selected stepper motors as the motive force. Power comes from a belt pack containing lead-acid batteries. The completed exoskeleton allows the man to grip and lift common household objects.

cool, posted 2 Jun 2002 at 17:54 UTC by Cronotiger2002 » (Journeyer)

That sounds neat.

well...., posted 4 Jun 2002 at 23:54 UTC by Dozier » (Apprentice)

it's akward and probably inconvenient to have to tell your arm what to do, but for $8k you can't beat it!

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