20 million people around the US live with permanent peripheral nerve injuries with little access to solutions due to cost or lack of flexibility. COVID-19 has made this worse as 14% of those infected have suffered peripheral nerve injuries and may not have the money for traditional solutions.
What it does
Our project is a remote myoelectric prosthetic. It uses a detector that reads a patient’s electrical signals between muscle fibers to remotely control a prosthetic device to substitute the patient’s damaged limb. It can applied to any muscle group unlike traditional prosthetics, and it doesn't need to be directly attached to the patient. This opens the possibilities to helping paralysis patients, in addition to, amputees and those with severe nerve damage.
How we built it
We used ARDUINO to program a motor using EMG signals. The prosthetic itself is made of cardboard I found around the house and uses a load cell to detect the weight on the platform. It uses this to adjust the motor's torque for moving the platform as intended.
Challenges we ran into
Debugging hardware online and through Zoom has been quite difficult, and we are proud to be able to submit a finished product to this Hackathon.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We built a really awesome prototype that can be developed and scaled for patients to use.
What we learned
We learned how to work on hardware hacks with ARDUINO and LabView.
What's next for Remote Myoelectric Prosthetics
We want to expand to controlling Myoelectric Prosthetics over the cloud. We were sadly limited by only having a single Arduino, though we feel this modification would help with the remote nature of our product.