Prosthetics

Fingertip laser sensor

The fingertip laser project makes use of the sensor used in an Avago ADNS-9500 laser mouse, to improve the capabilities of robotic hands, giving them the capability to detect distance, surface type and slippage of grasped objects.

Intelligent hearing aid

Ojoshi at instructables.com has posted a manual on how to build this arduino based hearing aid system. From his instructables page: it has tuning functionality that allows the wearer to tune the amplification to his or her needs.

Super-Releaser

Ever thought about making soft robots? The folks at Super-Releaser have, and they are doing very cool projects! Some for medical applications and some for research purposes. Check one of their cool robots below:

Open bionics

The Open bionics project was inspired by the Yale open hand project, aiming to develop light, affordable, and modular robot hands and myoelectric prosthesis. Also they want to make them easy to replicate using off the shelf materials.

Takktile

Takktile, is a tactile sensor to be used on robotic applications. The developers want to make it move away from the closed walls of research institutions by making it open source and cheap.

The Yale open hand project

The Yale open hand project, has a similar purpose of the open hand project, that is, to make prosthetic hands more widely available through the lowering of costs. They have a different design from the open hand project.