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ASSISTIVE DEVICES FOR MOTOR DISABILITIES 709 Feeding Devices There is a high degree of motivation for people to learn to feed themselves. S. population indicates that the population indicates that the population that would benefit from well-designed feeding aids may be as high as half a million. There are commercially available feeders that are useful for people who have controlled movements of the head and neck and can take food off of a feeding utensil that is brought close to the mouth. , Pequannock, NJ) are two such examples.
Body-Powered Manipulators Another example of a telethesis is the Chameleon (78), a wheelchair-mounted, counterbalanced, electromechanical arm. The arm’s end point is controlled and/or powered by a 710 ASSISTIVE DEVICES FOR MOTOR DISABILITIES Figure 4. A feeding device designed at the University of Pennsylvania (76). (a) CAD model and (b) photograph of the prototyped feeder. functional body part of the user, via Bowden cables and/or an electric motor. The system consists of three main components: 1.
H. F. M. Van der Loos, S. J. Michalowski, and L. J. Leifer, Development of an omnidirectional mobile vocational assistant robot. In Proc. 3rd Int. Conf. Association Advanced Rehab. , Montreal, June 1988. 42. R. Walli, DOE technology to develop TRANSROVR—omnidirectional wheelchair, DOE News Brief, October 10, 1996. 43. H. Hoyer, The OMNI wheelchair, Service Robot, 1 (1): 26–29, 1995. 715 44. M. West and H. Asada, A method for designing ball wheels for omni-directional vehicles, 1995 ASME Design Eng.