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.

Recent Team Blogs

June 3, 2016
For the month of June, we are looking forward to EurekaFest. It seems like just yesterday that we were sending in our application, and now the end is finally here. We have made wonderful connections, friends, and memories. It is sad that the project must come to an end. The opportunity to create...
May 3, 2016
We have been continuing to fundraise for the Lemelson-MIT trip. There have been many people who have been kind enough to support us through our journey. Thank you! We have also been working on the exoskeleton hand. People have been working on the thumb design which has been one of the more...
April 12, 2016
We have been meeting during the week, and continue to fundraise for EurekaFest. Ms. Slate was kind enough to donate to us. Thank you! We are still developing our prototype and looking forward to attending EurekaFest. We are considering creating key chains to sell to fundraise as well. 3-D...
March 29, 2016
The month of March has been very busy for us. We have worked on various aspects of the exoskeleton hand. Everyone is looking forward to EurekaFest, and fundraising is already underway. A timeline has also been created to help us stay on track. We have planned from now, up until the final review...
February 29, 2016
Our exo-expo, or mid-grant review, went fantastically. We had many people attend including board members from each school district and leaders from the Health field. Many families also attended. The president and the principal spoke at our presentation. It was a great learning experience to be...
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). On the technical side of things, several members of the team have been working to optimize the current design for our exoskeleton hand, which utilizes a system...
December 11, 2015
Today, December 11th, we got our Lemelson MIT shirts. We are discussing the functions of the exoskeleton hand. The two prototypes are being worked on; we are working on the programming and CAD files (computer aided design). We are furthering the empathy study and finding people who suffered a...
November 14, 2015
Hi, this is Ulster BOCES InvenTeam made up of New Visions Health and Robotics students. We are working on an exoskeleton hand to benefit stroke and traumatic brain injury patients. We have created a Facebook page, you can access it here. Feel free to like our page and add us as a friend!...