Students create robotic arm manipulated by PS3 controller: Not bad at all!.

October 1, 2013

Personally love when this type of projects from young and innovative minds, come to life.
Students of Bioengineering at Rice University created a robotic arm that is compatible with PS3 dualshock controller for a teen with a genetic condition.
Dee Faught (17 years) has ostogenesis imperfecta, a rare disease that has his bones brittle. The guy is bound to use a wheelchair due to his sickness but with this robotic arm. His life could turn a little bit easier, improving his reaching abilities.

To quote:

Bioengineering students at Rice University created a robotic arm compatible with PlayStation 3 DualShock controller for a teen with a genetic condition, according to a post from the school.

Dee Faught, 17, is wheelchair bound due to osteogenesis imperfecta, a disease that makes his bones brittle. On his own, Faught is unable to do everyday tasks such as turning on a light switch or picking things up off the floor. In 2011, a team of three students — Nimish Mittal, Sergio Gonzalez and Matthew Nojoomi — began working on a device to help Faught “improve his current reaching abilities.” Although the arm started as a class project, the students continued working on it for two years.

The robotic arm took about $800 to make, though Nojoomi said costs could reduce “even further” as production increases. The average commercial cost of robot arms is typically $25,000 or more.

Watch the video above to see the arm in action and for more on the story.

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