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---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To create a prototype of an eye-controlled robotic arm feeding system for individuals with mobility disabilities and/or paralysis. iCRAFT (eye Controlled Robotic Arm Feeding Technology) was developed by students at Northeastern University. iCRAFT allows the user to move its robotic arm by moving his or her eyes. With the iCRAFT system, there is absolutely no physical connection between the device and the user. All the user needs to do is look at one of four large, brightly-colored rectangles on a computer screen that corresponds to a food or drink choice. The eye-tracking camera near the monitor and the special software tracks the user’s pupil movements and activates a robot arm with an attached eating utensil to scoop the food and bring it to the user’s mouth. The simplicity of the system makes it an attractive solution for giving paralyzed patients more independence in eating with minimal help from a caregiver. iCRAFT can be constructed for just around $900. The team has published the robotics plans online and has released the software as a free, open-source download so anyone can make their own iCRAFT system. AUTHOR: Scott Jung. TITLE: Northeastern U. Seniors Develop Robotic Feeding System Activated with Just a Glance (video). WEBSITE: medGadget. REF: http://medgadget.com/2012/05/northeastern-u-seniors-develop-robotic-feed....

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