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Manipulating Everyday Objects with Prosthetic Hands

Author: Dr. Chris Macnab
Co-Authors: Dr. James Smith, Dr. Karl T. Kalveram, Laurence Turner

In this project, students learn how prostheses that use robotic technology can improve the lives of people with disabilities. In the laboratory, the students use Lego Mindstorms NXT kits to create an artificial arm or hand that can lift small objects, such as a coffee cup. In the process, students discover and explore the following concepts and ideas: Hooke's Law, hysteresis, Newton's Second Law, accuracy and precision, rapid prototyping, and the relationship between the voltage applied to a motor and its speed.

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