Amelia Jackson

Document Type

Honors Thesis


An estimated 58,000 individuals in the United States alone require assistance with eating and drinking. Current robotic technologies on the commercial market that attach to electric wheelchairs, and are capable of performing motions associated with eating and drinking, cost around $30,000. This exorbitant cost renders many persons with a disability reliant on other people for their basic care. In partial fulfillment of MAE 4188, our senior design group has designed and built a wheelchair attachable, assistive robotic arm capable of reaching a distance of two feet to retrieve a two-pound object. The target cost for the prototype is $1500. In completion of this project, we will bring an affordable mobility solution to those who need it most.

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