The excitement of this device stems from the patients whose lives it would change. The smile on a child’s face who gains the ability to color or reach out and bring a cheese puff to their mouth all on their own is worth every minute and penny put towards the development of this project. This device primarily differs from other products by its low cost, simplicity, ease of use, and the ability to quickly transfer between multiple devices. This project has several milestones that need to be met. Firstly, the device has only been applied to a single individual. The next step is to collaborate with several other patients with the same condition. The mother of the first individual has connections within the SMA community. This will provide us with a multitude of candidates. The next milestone is distribution. The collaboration with an emerging company which specializes in the distribution of rapid prototyped parts will ensure an adequate interface between the device and consumer.
The exoskeleton arm was designed to benefit patients with muscular atrophy and their family. The patient is affected by increasing their quality of life and reducing their dependency on others. The family’s benefits are emotional and economical. Their child is able to use their arms like never before and at minimal cost. The full potential of this idea extends to helping anyone with muscular disabilities, from genetic diseases to rehabilitation because the design can be modified by the user.
What I Will Do With $5,000
The $5000 will be used to aid in the refinement of the design by covering the cost of prototypes allowing meto meet the milestone of testing the device on multiple children, otherwise the families would have to cover the cost. Additionally the $5000 will go towards machine time for fabrication and testing of cost saving design features, making Angel Arms more accessible. Essentially the 5 grand would allow the final touches to be added so that Arms will be a consumer ready product.