The e-NABLE Prosthetic Emulator straps onto the arm of an able-bodied person to allow evaluation of upper limb prosthetic Terminal Devices (TDs). It can be an aid to clinicians when they train the amputee in the use of a prosthesis. It also is useful to designers as a testing device for experiencing experimental Terminal Device designs in use.
The Emulator is easy to fabricate with printed parts and a 1 1/4 inch plastic pipe. It attaches to the Terminal Device with the standard 1/2-20 screw thread (or M12 fine thread where metric is used). A standard Bowden cable can be fabricated from a String trimmer filament (or nylon 1.75mm printing filament) and a printed bead. The cable is attached to the Emulator (for elbow-powered operation) or to a shoulder harness in the conventional manner.
This is a new design that is evolving for use by e-NABLE volunteers to develop new experimental designs for assistive devices. The design and instructions will be updated from time to time based on testing and feedback.
Emulator was presented at e-NABLE Town Hall on 1 April 2016.
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