A powered medical manipulator has been designed as an assistive device for persons with high-level spinal cord injuries. This mobile machine has been integrated into a work table arrangement to provide limited independence to the user for selected vocational, avocational, and personal tasks. Results from limited clinical testing over a two-year period have demonstrated that such individuals can control such a device and actually accomplish useful tasks. Advanced development of a manipulator model incorporating a microprocessor controller should further reduce the patient input work load and further enhance its capability to carry out additional tasks. This work is continuing.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Paper)|
|Issue number||77 -WA/Bio-13|
|State||Published - 1977|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Mechanical Engineering