ERIC Number: ED170982
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar-31
Reference Count: 0
Further Development and Test of an Artificial Hand for Communication with Deaf-Blind People. Final Report.
Laenger, Charles J., Sr.; Peel, H. Herbert
The report details the development and design of a mechanical hand for communicating with deaf blind persons. It is explained that the device, which looks and functions like the human hand, forms the symbols of the one-hand manual alphabet upon command from a standard electric typewriter keyboard. The report addresses the following topics (sample subtopics in parentheses): background of the concept (prior work by the Southwest Research Institute, including the use of surgically implanted electrodes); design criteria (mechanical hand dimensions, detailed drawings of the finger and thumb designs); the development program; consultant reactions; and needed improvements (cosmesis, internal resistance, and portability). Among six recommendations listed are for a functional design evalution by deaf blind users, attention to cosmetology, and preparation of a final report to determine disposition. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Research Inst., San Antonio, TX.
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