Ulster BOCES InvenTeam

New Paltz, NY
Robotic exoskeleton to aid hand paralysis

The Ulster BOCES InvenTeam invented a hand exoskeleton device to improve the effectiveness of physical therapy for individuals with stroke or traumatic brain injury to help them regain the use of their hands. The device uses a system of linear actuators to mimic the motions of the human hand. The activities are controlled by an Arduino Uno mounted on the wrist, which reads outputs to an LCD screen, also on the wrist. The device is capable of producing adduction, abduction, flexion, extension, and grip motions based on the individual’s unique needs. Each of these repetitive movements helps the individual relearn the motion. This exoskeleton is smaller than similar devices and does not require any large equipment in order to be functional. The exoskeleton device is portable and programmable so that a doctor or physical therapist may combine movements to create exercises specific to a patient’s needs.

Blog

June 3, 2016

For the month of June, we are looking forward to EurekaFest.

May 3, 2016

We have been continuing to fundraise for the Lemelson-MIT trip.

April 12, 2016

We have been meeting during the week, and continue to fundraise for EurekaFest.

March 29, 2016

The month of March has been very busy for us.

February 29, 2016

Our exo-expo, or mid-grant review, went fantastically.

February 1, 2016

Over the past month, our team has been hard at work preparing for our Mid-Grant Technical Review (which we have dubbed the Exo-Expo).

December 11, 2015

Today, December 11th, we got our Lemelson MIT shirts.

November 14, 2015

We are working on an exoskeleton hand to benefit stroke and traumatic brain injury patients.