Lorenzo Alba

Document Type

Honors Thesis


Many people who suffer from paralysis in the upper body require assistance with everyday activities such as eating and drinking. This assistance is usually provided by a caregiver or family member. The senior design team has designed and assembled an affordable modular wheelchair mounted modular robotic arm. The primary performance goal of the design is to lift a glass of water for the user to drink. Per the request of the project advisor, the robot is controlled using a National Instruments MyRIO microprocessor with control software written in LabVIEW so that the robot may serve as a platform to conduct robotics research. Open loop control of the robotic arm via a joystick has been implemented with development of closed loop control currently in progress.

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