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As of 2008, there were 1.7 million Americans with missing limbs[1]. (Reliable global statistics are unavailable.) While prosthetic solutions are available in the market for people with “below-elbow” amputations and for those with shoulder disarticulation, functional prosthetic units are extremely expensive: a single artificial “wrist” joint with the rotational movement costs roughly $3,000[2], while a full myoelectrically-controlled prosthetic arm can cost upwards of $30,000[3], which makes these arms affordable only to a limited number of people. Barriers imposed by high prices are often exacerbated by limited employability in the period following trauma.

The aim of our project is to design and fabricate an affordable, functional prosthetic arm, with elbow and fingers all under myoelectric control. Potential beneficiaries include – irrespective of socioeconomic status – adults and children, military veterans and civilian casualties as well as people who have lost their arms in accidents and in medical procedures.

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