Osteoporosis is a bone degenerative disease that affects 53 million Americans and is caused by a decrease in bone density. This leads to an increased risk of bone fracture. Since bone adapts to mechanical forces, loads that are delivered to the bone can make it stronger. The purpose of this project was to create a force sensing device that measures the force magnitude and direction on the hands during daily activities. The team created a glove with interchangeable sensors to measure the loads produced on the hands. The piezoelectric sensors collected voltage readings through a LabVIEW program. Force values were calculated from the voltage readings using the formulas obtained from calibration curves. A method using image capture was also created to calculate the moment about the wrist.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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