My name is Alistair Vardy and I am Postdoc at TU Delft at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and the Delft Institute of Prosthetics and Orthotics. My work is funded by Fonds NutsOhra. Through my research I hope to improve the current upper arm prostheses by combining the best features of currently available prostheses, body-powered or myo-electric. Similar to body-powered, shoulder movements will be used to control and receive feedback. However, these forces are digitally communicated to and from an electrical prosthesis so that forces are very low and thus less taxing on the shoulders. My background in human movement sciences, mathematic control theory and muscle modelling helps me a lot with this research.
My dream? To continue this line of research and incorporate implantable technology to provide amputees with the most useful and natural upper limb prosthesis.