The ExoArm is targeted to be the first commercially available exoskeleton for the human arm function for disabled people. ExoArm is the outcome of 10 years of intensive research in the McArm projects (Motion Controlled Arm Support, external link).
The ExoArm is the most advanced dynamic arm support by Focal Tech. This and other similar devices featured on their website are designed to:
- Assist movement of the arm against gravity applying only as much power as needed.
- Enhance coordination of movements such as eating or drinking.
- Improve the mobility and reduce the pain in the shoulder.
The ExoArm is an end-effector type exoskeleton, meaning it is commonly attached to an electric wheelchair which supplies electrical energy and carries the weight of the support and the human arm. On the other end, ExoArm is attached to the lower arm of its user. The exoskeleton moves in a coordinated way with the human shoulder and arm and bears the weight of the arm. It can assist to move the arm in all directions and counteracts the force of gravity.
The ExoArm utilizes an intuitive control system. The operator does not need to manually input instructions while using it. However, there is a user interface that allows for a full customization of the operations of the device.
The ExoArm is designed to be used by people with diminished or almost nonexistent mobility in the arm. These are people that are forced to rely on personal assistance for everyday activities such as eating, typing, or opening a door. The ExoArm is envisioned as a next-generation Dynamic Arm Support that is smarter, easier to operate and capable a wider array of activities by improving on the already existing technology. The system uses integrated sensors to predict and provide assistance as needed.
Focal Meditech, Droogdokkeneiland 19, 5026 SP Tilburg, The Netherlands, website
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