One of the key factors in completion of a final year project is your ability to assign a value or rating to your project on its ability to complete the design brief or task at hand. After the visit to IDS it became apparent that currently no such test or system exists for upper limb prosthetic in Ireland and that they are only now currently developing one for lower limb prosthesis.
Thanks to one of the student technicians I was referred to a research paper done that started to asses the difference between 3 types of prosthesis. It analysed the difference between the TRS hook grip 2S, the Otto bock VO hand and the Hosmer hook model 5XA you can find the study here. Although highly interesting and very useful there is still a lot more to be done in regards to further comparing the many many various types of prosthesis currently available. It would also be very interesting to compare these impressive and commercial models to those designed and developed by the average person with a 3D printer
Another study was done with subjects suffering from flail arm syndrome. This is where some type of accident or incident had occurred which severely reduced or completely removed all function in the patients arm, while still retaining the full or most of the affected limb. The study in question as you will see in the below video had patients execute various set tasks first with their impaired limb, secondly while wearing a prosthesis simulator and lastly post elective amputation with their prosthetic. we can see from this test very easily the massive improvement in the patients abilities and/or time in executing the tasks
You can read the report here
Both of these studies provide me with a great starting point for developing a functionality test for my end product prosthetic, which will in turn allow me to assign some grading or qualitative value to it but also allow me to develop a practical demonstration for my final presentation and submission