We were inspired to do this project because of all of the advancements in wearable technology (Cheaper, more accurate) which could greatly reduce the cost of prosthetic and allow people who couldn't before afford this tech to be able to.
What it does
Helping Hand is a prosthetic hand that uses Arduino and a MYO armband to move a prosthetic hand with servos. This hand has a few simple to pick up gestures that correspond to hand movements.
How we built it
This was built using CAD, Arduino IDE, and Raspberry pi using python. https://quik.gopro.com/v/Md4fiIWDOy/
Challenges we ran into
The MYO arm data was/is very difficult to read and generate an accurate reading
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Putting this entire project together will all of its moving parts
What we learned
MYO arm band can be a very difficult peripheral to hack with
What's next for Helping Hand
Looking for cheaper sensors that give us the most accurate data for the least amount of money. Also improving the overall design of the hand to incorporate a "living" hinge rather than the torsion springs we used.