Development of a lightweight upper extremity exoskeleton for growing children

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Project Overview

Many congenital and acquired neuromuscular childhood diseases lead to disabilities in the upper extremities. Varying difficulties including paralysis and muscle weakness have been lessened by the development of exoskeletons. Many current models are heavy, electronic, expensive, and difficult to adjust. The client would like to identify these and other restrictions and weaknesses of current designs by interviewing rehab specialists who have been using upper extremity exoskeletons.

After last semester's prototyping, the team will focus on further development of the prototype through testing and evaluation of the exoskeleton device. These tests and evaluations will assess how well the device meets the needs of the client -- both physically, and functionally. Analysis of the testing results will indicate: (1) simplicity and intuition of the design, (2) economic viability, (3) accuracy and reliability of the design in providing necessary support, and (4) extensibility of the device -- potential to market for a broader population.

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Team picture

Team members from left to right: Isaac Loegering, Madeline Gustafson, Joshua Bunting, Brittany Warnell, Danielle Redinbaugh

Contact Information

Team Members

  • Danielle Redinbaugh - Team Leader
  • Brittany Warnell - Communicator
  • Joshua Bunting - BSAC
  • Madeline Gustafson - BWIG
  • Isaac Loegering - BPAG

Advisor and Client

  • Mitch Tyler - Advisor
  • Dr. Bjoern Buehring - Client
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