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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