Faculty Advisor

Fofana, Mustapha S.


The goal of the MQP was to design and build a minimally invasive hand control interface that can be used by paraplegics or double leg amputees to control manual transmission automobiles. This control interface can also be used by individuals who describe themselves as car enthusiasts and enjoy driving manual transmission vehicles. The team conducted testing and research in several areas including the analysis of current assistive devices, calculating the dynamics of a mechanical linkage and brake system, cable actuation and clutch system, and manufactured a prototype control interface. Compared to earlier control interfaces, the team was able to design and build a mechanical control interface with reduced components that offers a tactile response with a simple installation process.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2014


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering