Myopro: development of an innovative myoelectric forearm prosthesis
The main goal of the multidisciplinary Myopro project is to develop an innovative forearm prosthesis by:
1) increasing the number of degrees of freedom using
multichannel surface electromyography
2) developing a natural and intuitive feedback mechanism
3) developing a virtual reality program to enable early-phase
Myoelectric forearm prostheses often stay unused by their users, because the control is not intuitive and the user doesn’t receive any sensory feedback. Within BSS a feedback mechanism will be developed that can provide feedback to the user about the position of the prosthetic hand and the force applied by the prosthesis. Feedback is necessary in the optimal control of a prosthesis, because otherwise the users have to continuously watch their prosthesis and therefore cannot use the prosthesis subconsciously. Furthermore, feedback on grasping force is essential in handling (fragile) objects.
Possibilities to use small coin motors to provide vibrotactile feedback are being investigated.
Future research will focus on methods to provide feedback about the grasping force, the combination of position and force feedback and the effects of training .
Pieken in de Delta (PIDON)
Daphne Boere (RRD)
Bart Peerdeman (CE)
Hans Rietman (RRD)
Sarthak Misra (CE)
2009 - 2013