Functional Metrics for Humans With Bi-Directionally Integrated Prosthetic Limbs

 

Working with our collaborators at the Cleveland Clinic as part of the Hand Proprioception and Touch Interfaces (HAPTIX) Program sponsored by The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, we are developing a suite of outcome metrics for advanced prosthetic limbs that are clinically relevant and rooted in cutting-edge science. These metrics could potentially change the way that prosthetic devices are currently evaluated.

Our project uses motion capture and eye tracking during simulated real world tasks to determine subtle changes in performance with the use of multifunction prosthetic limbs with sensory feedback. The approach integrates expertise in biomechanics, mechanical and computer engineering, neuroscience and human movement mechanics as well as an understanding of the challenges in implementing sensory-motor function for upper limb prosthetic users.