M-Brace [carpal tunnel syndrome mitigation device]

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Scholarly level: 
Undergraduate student
Date created: 
2018-04
Identifier: 
ENSC405033
Keywords: 
ENSC 405W
ENSC 440
Force sensing resistor
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Flex sensor
Abstract: 

Many people are unaware of their gripping habits while doing repetitive hand movements. When people perform such habits on a daily basis, they are prone to developing carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) because of the excessive pressure exerted on the median nerve. Currently, there are a few options for assisting the disorder. One common solution is wrist splinting, which is only effective in the early stages of CTS. Although surgery and medication do exist as well, these treatments are only temporary methods for controlling the numbness and pain caused by CTS.

ChronoTech Systems envisions a wearable device, M-Brace, to assist people who are at risk of developing CTS. The main target groups of M-Brace are sports enthusiasts and professional athletes who need to do repetitive hand movements throughout the day. The purpose of M-Brace is to remind users to take frequent breaks, to encourage users to exercise with countermovements, and to notify the user of the pressure exerted on their median nerve. Similar to training supersets in the gym, the trainee should complete triceps extension after a biceps curl; this allows the trainee to perform with opposing muscle groups. For example, if the M-Brace user is flexing their wrist during their daily routine, the user interface would recommend the user to extend the wrist after a certain extended period.

 

Description: 

Undergraduate Engineering students are required to complete a group-based, two-course capstone sequence: ENSC 405W and ENSC 440.  Groups form company structures and create an innovative product that potentially acts as a solution to a real-life problem.  This collection archives the following assignments: proposal, design specifications, requirements specifications, and proof of concept.

Language: 
English
Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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