Faculty Advisor

Cobb, Eben C.


Ataxia is a degenerative muscle disease that affects all ages, typically affecting gross motor skills, and may be diagnosed as sporadic, hereditary, or as a symptom of other pre-existing medical conditions. The primary goal of this project is to develop a device to be worn on the arm of a patient affected by ataxia. This device is designed to allow every-day activities to become less strenuous, thereby increasing the mobility of each affected individual and limit unwarranted muscle spasms. The final device consists of two adjustable metal bars attached to two separate sleeves with a gasket located at the elbow. The gasket adds an adjustable friction element, and this device incorporates the six major design requirements: adjustability, accommodation, cost, materials, weight, and forces.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2016


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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