Australia designs 3D-printed sensor wristband as new medical assistive technology
Made with a type of resin, the wristband works by picking up tiny movements of the wearer’s wrist as they move their fingers
Australian researchers are developing a 3D-printed wristband to enable people with hand disabilities to easily use computers and play video games. The bracelet and the program were developed by a team of engineers from the School of Computer Science at the University of Sydney.
In 2020, Dr. Withana was awarded an ARC DECRA Fellowship to study new techniques for manufacturing sensors for wearable applications. Currently, the research team is funded by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance and Neurodisability Assist Trust to further investigate how this technology can be used to help people with cerebral palsy.
The sensors were designed using computer fabrication techniques, with the components able to be printed using a low-cost commercial 3D printer. The team also developed a simple, easy-to-use tool that allows users to customize the sensor to suit their needs.
The researchers plan to release the tools to create sensor wristbands as open source software, with the goal of improving accessibility for people living with disabilities around the world.