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An extremely lightweight fingernail worn prosthetic interface device
Author(s): Oguz Yetkin; Simranjit Ahluwalia; Dinithi Silva; Isioma Kasi-Okonye; Rachael Volker; Joshua R. Baptist; Dan O. Popa
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Paper Abstract

Upper limb prosthetics are currently operated using several electromyography sensors mounted on an amputee’s residual limb. In order for any prosthetic driving interface to be widely adopted, it needs to be responsive, lightweight, and out of the way when not being used. In this paper we discuss the possibility of replacing such electrodes with fingernail optical sensor systems mounted on the sound limb. We present a prototype device that can detect pinch gestures and communicate with the prosthetic system. The device detects the relative position of fingers to each other by measuring light transmitted via tissue. Applications are not limited to prosthetic control, but can be extended to other human-machine interfaces.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2016
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9859, Sensors for Next-Generation Robotics III, 98590J (17 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2235567
Show Author Affiliations
Oguz Yetkin, Univ. of Texas at Arlington (United States)
Simranjit Ahluwalia, Univ. of Texas at Arlington (United States)
Dinithi Silva, Univ. of Texas at Arlington (United States)
Isioma Kasi-Okonye, Univ. of Texas at Arlington (United States)
Rachael Volker, Dallas Makerspace (United States)
Joshua R. Baptist, Univ. of Louisville (United States)
Dan O. Popa, Univ. of Louisville (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9859:
Sensors for Next-Generation Robotics III
Dan Popa; Muthu B. J. Wijesundara, Editor(s)

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