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    Artificial tail

    Good morning,

    In the hope it may prompt further posts about possible robotic uses to help MND sufferers.

    I hope some of you will find it amusing, if not possible useful....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tr1-...e=youtu.be&t=4
    Warmly


    Andy

    ​Diagnosed 03/2015. Limb onset (arm) sporadic ALS/MND.
    MND hitting - now 50% left arm and 90% right arm, plus other bits including left shoulder

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    I like the idea of having an artificial tail - much more useful than my legs have become!

    I think I'll swap my legs for a robotic tail and become a mermaid - life as a mermaid living in tropical seas sounds very appealing to me right now (dream on Kayleigh! ...)
    Last edited by Kayleigh; 21st September 2019 at 14:39.

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    Good afternoon Andy,

    Apart from daydreaming about a care-free life as a mermaid, your post has also prompted me to do some googling about robotics.

    Once I have acquired a robotic mermaid tail (LOL), at some point I might need to consider a robotic neck brace and robotic glove as well:-

    The Robot Report (robotic neck brace):-
    http://https://www.therobotreport.com/robotic-neck-brace-uses-sensors-actuators-restore-als-patient-function/

    ALS News Today - article about wearable robotic hand:-
    http://https://alsnewstoday.com/2018/02/15/wearable-robotic-hand-could-give-als-patients-better-hand-control/

    'NeoMano' robotic glove:-
    http://https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/neomano-regain-hand-function-and-independence#/

    Best wishes to you and your family,
    Kayleigh x
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    Yes please, I need the robotic neck brace, and the mermaid tail, also the robotic glove. I think it would help us such alot. Must put it on my Christmas list. I wish.!!.
    Best wishes
    Sheila x

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    Good evening Kayleigh

    Quote Originally Posted by Kayleigh View Post
    Apart from daydreaming about a care-free life as a mermaid, your post has also prompted me to do some googling about robotics
    Thank you for the wishes for me and my family - S O is away at the moment so my number 2 daughter is looking after me - at least she had dinner with me and then went out with her friends, leaving me to sit here in solitary splendour happy as a jaybird.

    It is interesting what you have posted as I am already involved with indiegogo awaiting a Cosmo communicator.

    For me the hand in glove device looks interesting, although I am not quite sure how long I will have shoulder muscles for it to be useful for my left hand, but I think it is going to be on my Christmas list and be used for as long as I can guide my hand from my upper arm and shoulder.
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    Andy

    ​Diagnosed 03/2015. Limb onset (arm) sporadic ALS/MND.
    MND hitting - now 50% left arm and 90% right arm, plus other bits including left shoulder

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    Good evening Andy,

    In addition to having legs that are as much use as a chocolate teapot, I also have increasing weakness in an arm and hand. I was interested to read that Sportingmac (ref: his recent thread 'Neater Arm Assist') is looking into getting a 'Neater Arm Support'. I guess that something like the arm support could be used in addition to a robotic glove, which might potentially increase function from the shoulder right down to the end of one's finger tips?

    Link to Neater Arm Support webpage on Neater Eater website:-

    http://https://neater.co.uk/neater-arm-support/

    I also Googled robotic legs (I don't think my robotic mermaid tail will be much use on dry land! LOL) and the good news is that they do exist - but the not so good news is that they are far from cheap, costing approx £80k. Also, I don't know if they have been trialled by Mnd patients yet - and perhaps they are only suitable for patients with relatively strong upper body strength?

    Link to webpage 'Aldershot woman raises £80,000 for robotic legs' (news article and video of the lady using her robotic legs) on BBC website:-

    http://https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-hampshire-48465751/aldershot-woman-raises-80000-for-robotic-legs

    I hope you have had an enjoyable day and your S O enjoyed her weekend away.

    Best wishes,
    Kayleigh

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    Hi Kayleigh,

    I went to a disability aids exhibition earlier this year and spoke with a man who was paralysed from the waste following an accident. He was wearing a full robotic legs harness and his mobility was good. He did have upper body strength and was a younger man.

    Barry x
    Iím going to do this even if it kills me!

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    Hi Barry

    Quote Originally Posted by Barry52 View Post
    I went to a disability aids exhibition earlier this year and spoke with a man who was paralysed from the waste following an accident
    Thank you - well out of date this lot then - https://www.dlf.org.uk/content/events

    This 1 a while away - https://www.naidex.co.uk

    And this is more up-to-date - https://www.ageukmobility.co.uk/mobi...vents-calendar - although not much of interest it seems - I am not really into disco!
    Warmly


    Andy

    ​Diagnosed 03/2015. Limb onset (arm) sporadic ALS/MND.
    MND hitting - now 50% left arm and 90% right arm, plus other bits including left shoulder

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