Evolution of microprocessor based control systems in upper extremity prosthetics

by Arm Dynamics, on Jan 1, 2003 12:00:00 AM

(This article originally appeared in Vol XV, Number 2 of the Journal of Technology and Disability

The recent emergence of microprocessor based prosthetic control for the individual with upper limb deficiency has significantly expanded the spectrum of treatment options and inclusion criteria for this patient population. Microprocessors can accept a wide variety of input devices and ranges enhancing an individual’s prosthetic function allowing control options for individuals who were at one time not candidates for such prosthetic management. Additionally, myoelectric control parameters can be adjusted. This paper will provide an overview of input and output devices to acquaint the rehabilitation professional with microprocessor augmentation of current upper limb control modalities. It represents the second paper in a series investigating commercially available microprocessor technology in the field of prosthetics.

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