Imperial College London Bio-Mechatronics Department

Imperial College London Bio-Mechatronics Department2018-09-12T10:40:33+00:00

Alex was invited to assist the Imperial College Bio-mechatronics department with testing their research after he met Sam Wilson a PhD student during a lecture evening at Warminster School.Alex now assists Sam with his research testing and some of the other Phd and Masters students with other associated research  projects.Alex is keen to assist with research in the hope that it will benefit other amputees in the future.

Star Wars-style robotic hand controlled by muscle vibrations.

Press your ear against your biceps, bend your arm and listen. The gurgling murmurs you can hear, made by muscle fibres as they move against each other, could provide a way for people to control prosthetic hands more easily.

In a lab at Imperial College London, PhD student Sam Wilson straps two matchbox-sized listening devices to Alex’s stump just below the elbow. He flex’s his muscle and the robotic hand resting on the table makes a fist. Wilson and his supervisor Ravi Vaidyanathan are designing new ways for the human body to control prostheses. Typically, these use electrodes on the surface of the skin to pick up electrical activity in the arm muscles, called myoelectricity.

Star Wars-style robotic hand controlled by muscle vibrations.