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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
AbstractMaintaining good health is crucial to living an active lifestyle. A person's daily activities can be drastically impacted by the occurrences of an unforeseen injury. This active elbow orthosis device offers a convenient way for people to rehabilitate their elbow from its respective injury. Through the use of the developed iOS application, a person is able to perform his or her rehabilitation exercises from just about anywhere. This device attaches to a standard elbow brace and assists the patient in their movement through the application of a light force. The device utilizes an arduino microprocessor to communicate between the iOS application, sensor and motor. The desired range of motion is set via the iOS application and this information is relayed to the microprocessor. A rotary potentiometer is utilized as the sensor, which rotates as the arm moves to detect the change in motion of the patient. This data is sent to the microprocessor which is able to detect the limits of the range of motion and signal to the motor to either stop or change directions. In this report, one will see the project background, the requirements set forth by the project sponsor, the design of the device, the test procedures and test results.