Project Incharge: 
Anikesh Rajendran
Co-Project Incharge: 
Dr. Ganesha Udupa
Sreekanth
Department: 
Mechanical Engineering
School: 
School of Engineering
Funding Agency: 
NIDHI Prayas Programme

Problem Statement

To design and manufacture a myoelectric controlled prosthetic arm for trans-radial and wrist disarticulated amputees

We will be developing durable and affordable 3-d printed prosthetic hands for amputees from rural communities. The prosthetics will be covered with life-like appearing antimicrobial silicone rubber and will be battery powered. We can also modify it to be compatible with various socket attachments so that the existing amputees can easily upgrade to our prosthetics. The system which we are proposing is for trans-radial and wrist disarticulated amputees

Features of the Arm

  • Universally compatible wrist unit
  • 3-D printable, low cost and impact resistance
  • Contact reflex through pressure sensors
  • Can be used with existing sockets
  • The functionality and controllability of the device are effortless so that even ordinary people can adapt to technology efficiently.
  • All the parts used are readily available and less expensive so, it can be easily replaceable.

Targeted Customers

  • The proposed prosthetic is mainly aimed for amputees from rural areas.
  • The hand can be trained and customized according to the requirement of the amputee.
  • The service will be provided through NGOs and clinics, and Training will be provided to them so that they can provide customer service.

Working

The proposed system mainly consisting of Data acquisition system, Data Processor and the End Effector. The EMG sensors are connected via Bluetooth to the Processor. The Processor, with the help of a python script, extracts the filtered EMG signals from the sensors. Various features of the EMG signals are extracted. The dataset for various gestures is obtained from around ten peoples. The classifier is trained on this dataset and tested.

The classifier will classify the EMG gesture obtained based on the data set and give that as input to the Microcontroller, and it will control the end effectors to perform the required action. The block diagram of the system is shown in Figure 2. Nano Pi is used as the central processor, which receives the EMG signals from Myo armband. After classifying the signal to a corresponding gesture, it sends the command to Arduino. Arduino activates the actuators to perform the correct gesture upon receiving the command from NanoPi.

Team

  • Researcher: Anikesh Rajendran, Research Associate, Amrita VishwaVidyapeetham
  • Mentor: Dr. Ganesha Udupa, Professor, Amrita VishwaVidyapeetham
  • Assistant: Sreekanth, S8 ME, Amrita VishwaVidyapeetham

Funding Details

The funding which we obtained is under the NIDHI Prayas programme, which is supported by DST and managed by SINE and IIT Bombay. The total amount of funding is up to 10 Lakhs for prototype development.

Startup Company

Anikesh has started a startup company “ Sastharam Bionics Private Limited  to provide an effective and affordable myoelectric control system-based prosthetics.

Initial Prototype Design

System Description

Final Planned Product

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