On Design and Implementation of an Artificial Lower Limb
Background & Objective: The presented design attempt of building an advanced prosthetic lower limb has a vast requirement in these days to connect paralytic patients and elderly people with the external environment for a better lifestyle. The Recordings of Electromyography (EMG) patterns and other data analysis of the muscle signals has lightened the path of technology to a wide range of studies and experiments in the field of prosthesis of certain moveable body parts using the acquired EMG signal of muscles of lower limb. An effort has been made to acquire the EMG signal and study the signals with the incorporation of sufficient technology to build an artificial lower limb with the help of Flex-sensor and ‘Arduino Uno’ programming. The main aspect about the hardware circuitry of this practical work is its ease of use and applicability. The Bio-electrodes are attached on the specified location to acquire the muscle signals and also Laboratory Virtual Instrument Engineering Workbench (LabVIEW) to acquire the signals. In addition, the movements of certain joints of the lower limb can be replicated controlling the movement of a servo-motor for the implementation of the design of the artificial lower limb.
Conclusion: The different output parameter changes can be measured according to the relaxation and the contraction of the Flex-sensor attached to the knee, and the ankle joints. The Servo-motors can further be utilized in the construction of the artificial lower leg to be moved externally without any voluntary motion of the subject. The measurement of dispersion has been introduced in the mathematical analysis.