For this week, I decided to continue my exploration on the wrist that I started earlier in the semester.
I was able to find this article which tested the efficiency of wrist braces in protecting snowboarders and in-line skaters from wrist injury during their activities. The paper attempted to expel rumors that wrist braces change the location of force to other parts of the arm, causing injury despite wearing the brace. In the end, the paper states that wrist braces do not tend to cause alternate injuries and can protect against them. In addition, it stated that beginner snowboarders are at a high risk of injury in general.
I laser cut the same pattern I constructed earlier this semester to mimic the possible wrist angles. I then placed them into a wooden frame so that the distance of the gears matched up. In the future I will find a motor shaft coupler, attach a servo motor to the end which will allow a user to control the location of the wrist.