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Students develops prosthetic arm for disabled people

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2019-04-05 15:21

About the solution

Pham was born in Quang Tri, a province known for landmines, unexploded ordnance, accidents and birth defects.

After seeing a commercial on TV about an American robotic arm, the student thought he could create a better and more affordable device to help disabled people from his province perform their daily tasks.

It took the boy two years to come up with the required algorithms to implement this project. Eventually, he created a 3D printing gadget that uses the toes and feet movement to control fingers, hands and arms.

The device has the ability to make 31 different gestures, allowing the user to hold a spoon, lift weights of 2 kgs or hold objects up to 11 kgs.

With the help of his teacher, Pham tested the product on disabled patients and gathered data so that he could know which parts to improve.

“I’m looking for disabled people to test this arm. If the project is successful, I will give them products as a gift,” the student said.

Pham won the third prize at the Intel Int’l Science and Engineering Fair 2017 which allowed him to get a full scholarship of 4 years’ worth of VND 290 million by FPT University.

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Pham Huy, born and living in Vietnam, was a high school student when he developed, in 2017, a prosthetic arm inspired by people from his village who lost arms and hands because of landmines.

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