Final presentation of the McArm project at the design of medical devices conference- europe 2014

tu-delft-medicalMcArm Project members are proud to inform you that they will present an inventory of the State of the Art regarding arm supports, final outcomes of the project and demo's. This will take place during a Special Session of the Design of Medical Devices Conference – Europe 2014 at Delft, The Netherlands. The Special session will take place on October 23, 14.00 – 16.00 hrs. In addition, an Experience Plaza where a wealth of relevant technical aids can be tried out during the afternoon until 16.15 hrs.


Further Information:
Location:  Delft University of Technology, Aula Conference Center, Gebouw 20, Mekelweg 5, 2628 CC Delft, The Netherlands.
Admittance:  Free for this session for persons or organisations invited by the project partners. Admittance on the basis of availability of places.
Interested?  Please contact the project office at Focal Meditech attn. Carine Scheffers This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before October 16, 2014.

Project McArm is close to its finalisation

The original planning of the McArm project would have led to finalisation in March 2014. The realisation in a prototype version of an advanced motion controlled exoskeleton for the arm function is quite a challenge. Our developers requested for some more time to work on fundamental issues like measuring, control and modelling. This has paid off- a six month prolongation has been allowed resulting in more mature outcomes. Much work has been done since 2013 and the first half of 2014. All partners kept a good focus on their specific tasks and in a good spirit many results were achieved. In 2013 a prototype demonstrating novel control principles as well as a first working 2D prototype were realised. Based on the many lessons learned we went back to the drawing boards in our efforts to realise world's best exoskeleton for the human arm of very challenged persons. All developmental work is done in interaction with clinical and university partners. Laboratory and field measurements made it possible to address complex questions about muscle- skeleton models better and make more educated choices for the architecture of the system. Other developmental work was done on the rehab training version of the future McArm product. Tasks in this domain related to understanding of the role of haptics, serious gaming development, game mechanics. Clinical partners did innovative work on the development of outcome measurement scales to be used in the evaluation stage. Other important supporting technology developments concerned light materials (carbon fiber) construction for which a 'teaching prototype' was realised. Last but not least or partner TU Eindhoven worked on a novel multi degree actuator, an activity that will be continued in the near future.

The project Motion Controlled Arm Support will come to an end on September 30, 2014. This is only the end of an intensive and challenging development project. After this Focal has to take next steps to realise first products. To inform stakeholders of what has been achieved a wide overview will be given in a special session on the McArm project. This will be held at the Design of Medical Devices Conference 2014 on October 23 at Delft. Futher announcements will follow. Please keep an eye at the website of this conference: or contact us!.

Focal at international trade fair Rehacare 2012

From October 10 until October 13 Focal presented its products from a spacious booth at the international trade fair Rehacare 2012 at Düsseldorf, Germany. This year Focal could also be found at the Theme Park Assistive Robotics, organised by Fraunhofer IPA and giving a good impression of present possibities of robotics technologies for motor handicapped persons. Also the research project McArm received the warm interest of researcher, client organisations and end users.

Design and prototype phase now fully active

According to the projectplan ideas about concepts should be available after month 17 (August 2012). Concept and design ideas in their turn are dependent of the outcomes of the user and usage oriented work packages One and Two. In other words, technologists have to work with and use the data of medically and movement oriented partners. In a project like McArm speaking each others language is not easy. The good news is: we made good progress in this respect and valuable concepts and design ideas were indeed made available. Consequently the actual building, to start with of the version for daily use, could begin.

McArm project running for one year

On April 1st 2012 the project has been running for one year and the projectgroup sent its first one year report to the subsidizers. The projectgroup could report on a fruitful first year and a good cooperation. Most of the goals for this period were met and moreover in-depth knowledge on user requiements and needs were gathered. On this basis considerable steps could be made in formulating functional requirements for a first working prototype