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Design and evaluation of prosthetic shoulder controller

Joseph E. Barton, PhD; John D. Sorkin, MD, PhD

The human humerus possesses three degrees of freedom (DOFs) with respect to the glenohumeral joint: flexion-extension, abduction-adduction, and internal-external rotation. Artificial limbs made for people who have lost their anatomical arm at or near the shoulder have historically not been able to perform these motions, greatly limiting their usefulness to people with amputation. We developed a prototype that uses the motion of the sternoclavicular joint along its two DOFs (protraction-retraction and elevation-depression) to produce signals that can be used to control two of a prosthetic humerus’ DOFs, as well as an evaluation protocol to assess the performance of a prosthetic arm in reaching and pointing tasks.

Volume 51 Number 5, 2014
   Pages 711 — 726

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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Barton JE, Sorkin JD. Design and evaluation of prosthetic shoulder controller. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2014;51(5): 711–26.
ResearcherID/ORCID: Joseph E. Barton, PhD: G-6399-2014; John D. Sorkin, MD, PhD: C-1743-2013

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