Coordinated Control for Arm Prosthesis


Researchers at Vanderbilt have created a novel control of an (myoelectric) arm prosthesis consisting of at least an elbow joint with the possibility of an additional single or multi-axis wrist joint.



  • In conventional prostheses each joint is typically controlled irrespective of the other joints in the arm
  • Configuration of each joint in the myoelectric prosthetic arm is usually controlled in a sequential manner until arm is configured in a desired posture
  • Users are commonly interested in following a given path instead of achieving a given final position


Technology Description

This technology is comprised of a methodology that enables coordinated movement of the elbow and shoulder joint in a myoelectric above-elbow prosthesis. In such a prosthesis, an inertial measurement unit (IMU), consisting of a combination of at least one accelerometer and gyroscope, would be used to compute the position and orientation of the prosthetic arm segment in real-time.



  • Synchronized configuration takes less time than sequential configuration
  • Method of synchronized configuration allows user to coordinate movement based on shoulder orientation


Intellectual Property Status

Patent application has been filed.

Licensing Contact

Ashok Choudhury

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