Robotic prosthetic arm designed in Ecuador will be sold at low cost

Veronica Ramirez Cristian Barros, students of Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja de Ecuador (UTPL)

Prototype “Hand of Hope” be the original prosthesis for the upper extremity and may be traded at low cost in areas with limited economic resources.

Device designers and Veronica Ramirez Cristian Barros, students of Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja de Ecuador (UTPL), raised the initiative to bring hope to those who need prosthetic arm .

After receiving the award in the category Hardware design controls the robotics world championship Infomatrix 2014 , held in Bucharest , Romania, Ramirez and Barros exposed hand the benefits of hope in the Andean country . A denture marking has a cost of $ 10,000 about  but the hand of hope will be marketed for $300.

The researcher, Carlos Calderón explained that with the cooperation of equipment and supplies factories “Prótesis y Ortesis de la Secretaría Técnica de Discapacidades (Setedis)”  robotic arm will be fully functional , with standard features to sell at low prices.

The hand of hope can manipulate and grasp objects. It is controlled by myoelectric signals generated by the arm muscles. It is also capable of adapting to movements of the limb that varies from person to person .

This Thursday , Ramirez and Barros thanked the Ecuadorian government for providing resources to complete the investigation . The vice awarded $ 5,000 for inputs applied in the development of the prosthesis and 3000 200 for lodging expenses .

In total there were 23 projects that participated in the category Hardware Control , which was placed as a pioneer of hope hand with a gold award . Ecuador won five medals : gold in Hardware Control , two silver in the category Short Movie and two bronze in Programming.

Source: Telesur: 5/16/2014

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