Team Member(s): Joseph Smith, Gary Spann Semester: Spring 2013
An Electromyography(EMG) controlled robotic arm utilizes the electrical signals transmitted in the user's muscles along the arm to control the robotic arm in a similar fashion. The user is attached to the control system by the use of electrodes, which are placed on specific muscles of the arm in order to receive the signals. The signals are conditioned through a circuit and read by a processor to determine the user's motion. The processor will then control the robotic arm to mimic the user's arm movement. This control system allows users to operate the robotic arm without having to learn how to use foreign objects such as a mouse or joystick. Users will experience a shorter learning curve to operate the device since it utilizes our natural movement.
Figure: Robotic arm alongside the user's arm with electrodes
Figure: EMG signal as it progresses through Conditioning Circuit