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Classroom evaluation of the Arlyn Arm robotic workstation.

Authors
  • Eberhardt, S P
  • Osborne, J
  • Rahman, T
Type
Published Article
Journal
Assistive technology : the official journal of RESNA
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2000
Volume
12
Issue
2
Pages
132–143
Identifiers
PMID: 11508403
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

High school and junior high school students with neuromuscular weakness and other disorders of the arms evaluated a recently commercialized robotic workstation, the Arlyn Arm, to carry out art projects and science experiments. These tasks were designed for independent execution with the workstation using standard or custom-designed tools. Each task was divided into subtasks, and the execution time of each subtask was determined as a measure of efficiency. Special attention was given to the causes of required experimenter intervention. While subjects easily accomplished some subtasks, others required considerable intervention. Most of these interventions could be avoided by further customizing accessories. It is concluded that the Arlyn Arm workstation could be of considerable benefit in a classroom setting to persons with severe neuromuscular disorders.

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