Principle and Design of a Mobile Arm Support for People With Muscular WeaknessBy Herder, Just L., PhD; Vrijlant, Niels, MSc; Antonides, Tonko, MSc; Cloosterman, Marijn, BSc; Mastenbroek, Peter L., BSc; Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, Vol. 43, No. 5, pp. 591-604
Publication Date: August/September 2006
Article focuses on the design and development of Armon, which is a mobile arm support for people with muscular disabilities. The device is spring-balanced, and was created to reduce operating effort, functionality, and aesthetics. The spring settings can be adjusted, for instance when the user wears heavier clothing, and it adjusts itself while the user is picking up an object. The device also levels itself automatically in order to accommodate uneven surfaces. A complete technological evaluation of the Armon is presented. Armon was created by researchers at the Department of Biomechanical Engineering at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands.
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