Research, Innovation, Service, Entrepreneurship (RISE) Program – Mechanical Engineering Research Assistant – First Open Source Robotic Leg

First Open Source Robotic Leg

What it does:

Currently, the prosthetics research is very fragmented due to a lack of common hardware and software. Researchers around the world spend long hours and thousands of dollars to build their own prosthesis. When this is the case, researchers have hard time comparing their results and collaborating with one another, causing the prosthetics research to improve very slowly.

The overarching goal of the open-source robotic ankle and knee system is to create a common robotic ankle and knee system for researchers so that they can collaborate with one another and advance the prosthetics research rapidly.

What I did:

Designed and built the “How to Assemble” page of the first open source leg (opensourceleg.engin.umich.edu) by creating detailed assembly instructions including custom made videos using iMovie.

Working on design recommendations to reduce the number of parts and increase assembly efficiency.

Please visit: https://opensourceleg.engin.umich.edu/


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