“Though the technology is decidedly modest compared with Leuthardt’s grand designs for the future, he believes this is an area where he can meaningfully transform people’s lives right now. There are about 700,000 new stroke patients in the U.S. each year, and the most common motor impairment is a paralyzed hand. Finding a way to help more of them regain function—and demonstrating that he can do it faster and more effectively—would not only demonstrate the power of brain-computer interfaces but meet a huge medical need.”
Come July 31, I will be in the Netherlands giving a demonstration and lecture on RoboArm at the Observe, Hack and Make(OHM) 2013. OHM which holds once in four years is a gathering of technology enthusiasts, DIY specialists and much more. I believe it is a must for anyone interested in the Maker Culture. I am seriously looking forward to seeing more practical and DIY presentations and learning as much as I can.
Using RoboArm we also hope to stir discussion on sustainability and the development of low-cost robotics at OHM.
Later in the year precisely from the 9th to the 12th of September, I will be at the 11th edition of the IEEE AFRICON 2013 Conference in Mauritius. The theme for this year’s conference is “Sustainable Engineering for a Better Future”. I will be presenting a paper on the development of RoboArm. I really look forward to interacting with other professionals, creating links and exchanging knowledge.
IEEE currently does a huge lot for the technological world as a whole. Specifically in the robotics field, I consider the IEEE Spectrum’s Robotics blog an authoritative, and often up to date, source of news and information. I am therefore grateful for the opportunity to present a paper at an IEEE conference.
The African Robotics Network (AFRON), which organised the 2012 10 Dollar Robot Design Challenge ,for its 2013 Design Challenge is asking contestants to select any of the award winning entries from the 2012 Design Challenge, but with special emphasis on LilyBot (the winning entry), and come up with enhancements in the areas of hardware, software and teaching curriculum. There is also a special ‘Community Challenge’ which requires the building of any of the designs working with students and documenting the entire process.
Roboarm was my entry for the 2012 Design Challenge and emerged as the only African Winner, fourth in the Tethered Category. I look forward to people participating in this year’s competition. AFRON is dedicated to the pursuit of robotics on the continent and you can become a member today.
More details of the competition can be found on AFRON’s website.