Robotic Assistance for the Disabled

Embedded devices – particularly digital ones – that are specially designed to assist individuals with disabilities are often seen as the next step in that particular field of technology.  Such embedded devices generally have several advantages over the previous wave of embedded devices that have monitoring functions, control capabilities and the ability to access and use communication protocols like the internet.  The modern embedded applications devices do not stop at monitoring, tracking and relaying information; they almost always directly assist the user, such as in the form of a prosthetic limb or a personal transport assistance vehicle. Advancements in Embedded Devices Although research on embedded devices – especially  programmed computer systems designed to do a limited number of tasks – has been ongoing since the creation of the computer itself, great advances have only been achieved in recent years as a consequence of the developments in computing and computer chip-making technologies.  Embedded devices are currently used in a variety of implements ranging from sensors to networking devices to mini computers for simple computing and calculating tasks. Embedded Devices in Prosthetics

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Embedded Electronics for the Handicapped

Embedded electronic technology is all around. One may live in a digitized house, ride a car or subway train that has embedded sensors and detectors and work using an integrated company network. One can eat lunch in restaurants or play in amusement centers that have integrated computers, screens and controllers. Embedded electronics technology is not limited to data transfer, sharing and storage. Many health-care related products also utilize embedded electronics to improve the quality of life. More advanced prosthetic limbs with microprocessors are being developed to bring comfort, stability and balance to handicapped but active members of society. Embedded Human Body Systems Newer forms of prosthetic limbs are entering the market. Otto Bock Healthcare is the first to develop and sell artificial limbs – the DynamicArm and C-Leg.   The DynamicArm is the world’s first microprocessor-controlled adaptive arm. Its processor uses a microcontroller to enable communication among sensors, processors and motors. This gives DynamicArm the ability to adapt to various weight loads and conditions. It works by reading nerve actions from the living arm and translating these signals into computerized movement. DynamicArm is strong enough to lift things that are many times its weight.

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