Cost Oriented robotic arm optimised to aid independences

Mary Doyle-Kent, Michael Fanning, David O'Brien, Peter Kopacek

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The aim of this research was to improve the quality of life of a wheelchair bound client living with muscular dystrophy by enabling her to perform tasks which most people take for granted, such as drinking independently. Due to the client's limited movement of her arms and neck, she was unable to lift a cup to her own mouth. To aid her in this endeavor, three different low-cost mechanical assistive concepts were created. These were presented to the client and the most suitable option was chosen to develop. Work then began on a functional prototype which was manufactured for under the 200 euro.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-130
Number of pages6
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019
Event19th IFAC Conference on Technology, Culture and International Stability, TECIS 2019 - Sozopol, Bulgaria
Duration: 26 Sep 201928 Sep 2019


  • Assistive technology
  • Automation
  • Biomedical
  • Cost oriented robotics
  • Ethics
  • Mechanical engineering


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