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Studying Upper-Limb Amputee Prosthesis Use to Inform Device Design

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Technical Report,08 Sep 2016,07 Sep 2017

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Yale University New Haven United States

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The proposed project investigates the nature of upper limb prosthesis use in everyday tasks through in-home and lab-based studies on upper-limb amputees andmatched unimpaired subjects. During the second year we recruited amputee participants and completed several at-home portions of the study. A study of the resulting videos led to a new prosthetics-use taxonomy that is generalizable to various levels of amputation and terminal devices. The taxonomy was applied to classification of the recorded videos via custom tagging software with midi controller interface. The software creates Matlab-readable log files. Motion capture development of a body compensation experiment and kinematics based metric were also made. In the next year recruitment of amputee and able bodied participants will continue in an effort to complete more studies and generate data for analysis.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Anatomy and Physiology

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