Development of a modular prosthetic arm


  • Peter J. Kyberd University of New Brunswick
  • A. S. Poulton The Open University
  • D. Gow Eastern General Hospital of Edinburg
  • Leif Sandsjö National Institute for Working Life/West
  • Ben Jones Reading University


As part of an EU funded project a number of requirements for the design of an artificial arm were identified: That it should be light, reliable, functional, look natural, and be quiet in operation a design.  To fulfil these goals and provide a systematic response to the application of a prosthesis in the field the design requires a modular approach to the device, in terms of the mechanism, the electronics and the software.  The electronics and control software were developed and the choice of using a modular microprocessor system proved to be effective as they could be applied to existing devices with little specific modification.  Thus a network based arm controller was fitted to arms made up from the Edinburgh Arm system with a Oxford Intelligent hand on the end.  This paper outlines the application of two such devices

Author Biographies

Peter J. Kyberd, University of New Brunswick

Institute of Biomedical Engineering

A. S. Poulton, The Open University


Ben Jones, Reading University

Department of Cybernetics




How to Cite

P. J. Kyberd, A. S. Poulton, D. Gow, L. Sandsjö, and B. Jones, “Development of a modular prosthetic arm”, CMBES Proc., vol. 28, no. 1, Dec. 2005.