Fine motor control is essential for a student’s success in school, and beneficial for their independence and quality of life. A C6 spinal cord injury left our client with a severe lack of fine motor control and complete paralysis below his shoulders. The goal of this project was to design and produce a novel device to aid the user in performing tasks requiring fine motor control in order to increase his independence. There are no current devices available that fit our client’s specific need. A device was designed to be lightweight, portable, easy to use, and purely mechanical. It was shown to be successful through a series of tests, allowing the client to complete tasks requiring fine motor control more quickly and efficiently than before, increasing his independence and quality of life.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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