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Open-Source Myoelectrical Prosthesis and Training System Development
Posted By: Aden M. Dmaz Nocera on June 17, 2012
Hello, my name is Aden Díaz Nocera and I'm from Argentina. Here in
Argentina we do not have comercial developments of upper-limb myoelectrical
prosthetics, so the only way to have access to this kind of prosthesis is
importing them and the prices are really high to some people.
Following the idea that every people should have access to a prosthesis
(or anything) that may help them, a development of a low-cost open-source
upper-limb myoelectrical prosthesis has begun two and a half years ago,
with the goal of share all of the technical information of this
During the development, a new goal came onto the workshop: to develop a
Training System to train the future user of the prosthesis to have accurate
control of the muscle he/she is going to use to command the prosthesis.
At this time an upper-limb (over the elbow) myoelectrical prosthesis has
been developed. This prosthesis (called EMP - ElectroMyoProthesis) has six
grades of freedom with servos: one for each finger and one for the elbow.
Also the Training System is working. This system is a software developed in
LabView reads the myoelectrical signal wich is already amplified and
filtered, from the serial port, plot it in a graph and moves a 3D model of
an arm on the screen when the signal amplitude is over an edge set by the
In this website: www.lifesi.com.ar you will have access to the technical
information of the developments, including the code of the Training System.
I hope this will be helpful.
"Medicine and Bioengineering progress could be consider real achievements
for Humanity only when every people have access to its benefits and stop
being a privilege for minorities." - René Favaloro (Argentinian Medical
Aden M. Díaz Nocera
Life Integral Solutions
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