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

by ps3iso on 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.

Source
Rice University

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