AiS Challenge Team Abstract

Team Number: 36

School Name: Las Cruces High School

Area of Science: Engineering (bioengineering, robotics)

Project Title: Moving Prosthetic Arms Using Radio Waves



Problem: Can prosthetic arms move by using radio waves?

Purpose: Many people do not want to go through surgery to have a new limb that can move. Others don't have enough money for that kind of surgery. The purpose of our project is to find out that if we can make prosthetic arms move without being attached to the nerve of the missing limb. If this is possible, many people will have the option of either going through surgery to have the limb attached or to just simply slide a prosthetic arm on and have it move at the sound of your voice.

Project Plan: The plan of our project is to buy a two-way radio microphone on a head set that is then connected to our model of an artificial arm. The arm will be built out of approximately 25-30 pieces of aluminum rods, which will be connected together by screws and bolts to make the fingers, hand, wrist, and forearm. We will then insert wires that will connect to all of the joints of the arm. Then, we will use C++ programming and create a system of radio waves that is linked into the cables of the arm through the head set to hopefully make the arm move on voice-command.

What we expect from our project is for the arm to actually move without any human assistance, with the exception of the person's voice.

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