One of the unanticipated results of sharing my hand project has been advice in all forms or suggestions of who I should reach out to for some help. The later is how I met Dr Jacqueline Hebert. Dr Hebert uses super high-techy stuff at the University of Alberta to make better prosthetics for people with limb amputations.
After some back and forth, what I’ve learnt is that my hand project falls into the category of orthotics and it is considered a splint / brace. She also pointed me to the product pictured below which is pretty close to what I need. This glove is most often used by those who suffer from a stroke or brain injury and lose muscle control.
This product confirms my belief that there is virtually no beauty in the world of healthcare ( more on this later ) but I will buy one so that I can reverse engineer it. Why reinvent the wheel, you know?
Know why I haven’t been updating too much on the hand project? I’ve realized that I can’t do this all by myself and am reaching out for help. I’ve gotten in touch with a few of the universities in Toronto and initial discussions seem promising.
And truthfully, I could use some help from a technical perspective. I think what I can do best is make this thing aesthetically beautiful and unabashedly striking but could use a bit of help making it as functional as possible.
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