Upper Limb Prosthetic Literature Review




Philipson, Thomas

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The goal of this study is to determine how the needs of those who operate upper limb prosthetics can be met so that the prosthetic retention rate is higher, reflecting an improvement in their quality of life. As we use our extremities to feel and interact with our environment, it is crucial that developments are made specifically in the hands to allow individuals to complete tasks that require high dexterity and precision. Upper limb prosthetic users have a high rate of abandonment due to the lack of ownership and embodiment felt regarding the prosthetic limb [1]. Improved functionality of the prosthetic limb would reduce the load applied to the functional limb, which would lead to better prosthetic retention. Another area for improvement that is addressed in this literature review is the accuracy of the BCI component in signal acquisition and translation to prosthetic automation. Accuracy is important not only for functionality but for a sense of self in the user. A sense of self is vital for those using prosthetic limbs as the goal is for it to be a cohesive part of the user. This review will discuss the different methods for data acquisition and how to improve the accuracy of the resultant movement.



EEG, EMG, Upper limb prosthetic