Task priorities and design for an arm orthosis

Tariq Rahman, Sean Stroud, Rungun Ramanathan, Michael Alexander, Rami Seliktar, William Harwin

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For people with muscular dystrophy or spinal muscular atrophy - conditions characterized by degenerating muscle strength - the option of using a mechanical aid exists. This would allow free arm movement. This paper presents a consumer-based design approach to construction of such an assistive manipulation device and describes the consumer-driven stages in the orthosis design project within the Applied Science and Engineering Laboratories (ASEL). Results are presented from two consumer meetings held during the initial stages of the design. A design principle has been established and an initial set of prototypes evaluated. These will be used to modify subsequent design iterations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-203
Number of pages7
JournalTechnology and Disability
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Informatics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Biomedical Engineering


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