With the prosthetic arm that can read muscular impulses, the student of the Faculty of Computer Science, Informatics and Microelectronics, Vlad KOVALSKII, the author of the invention, wants to make the lives of people without hands easier. Directed by means of a special bracelet that is worn on the remaining limb, the prosthesis can be put into operation at each contraction of the muscles.
The uniqueness of the invention lies in the fact that the person who wears it can control the fingers of the artificial arm with the power of thought. The process of managing the prosthesis is facilitated by a special bracelet. For the prosthetic arm to move, the person must focus their attention and thoughts well. “The person’s state of mind matters a lot. For example, she must clearly imagine the movements of her fingers.”
Vlad also developed a training program. For each person, the prosthesis is individually configured. The prosthetic arm can move each finger separately or even two fingers at the same time. With the help of the arm, the person can easily hold a mobile phone, for example.
The prosthesis is made of organic and lightweight plastic, and on the inside it has five motors and a plate, representing its brain. It can be printed in 20 hours on a 3D printer. However, as Vlad says, this is just a demo version and he intends to develop more features in the future.
The prosthesis must be 90% similar to that of a man, and the student wants it to be of high quality, but also at an affordable price. “The project needs to be improved so that in the future we could implement it in a mini-production, because there are people in Moldova who need this invention, and not only in Moldova,” says prof., dr. Victor ȘONTEA, Head of the Department of Microelectronics and Biomedical Engineering, FCIM. In Moldova, about 250 people need a hand prosthesis.
Although he has already been awarded at important international forums, including the International Specialized Exhibition (EIS) “INFOINVENT-2019”, where he obtained the gold medal of the EIS and the Special Prize of the Association of Alternative Technologies, Sibiu, Vlad intends to continue developing the invention until May next year, when he will present it in his thesis at the university.
Опубликовано Владом Ковальским Пятница, 19 апреля 2019 г.