I make 4 my city : Rhuma Robot

 

Project
Rhuma Robot

Ongola FabLab - Yaoundé  

A removable robot to reduce pain and strain when playing sport for rheumatism sufferers. It allows them to walk, run and swim again so that they can take care of their joints.

Who & what?
24 young people aged 16 to 24 from an association supporting disadvantaged young people. They are trained in sewing, embroidery, carpentry and mechanics as well as computing and electronics to better integrate into society. They joined the 1st Solidarity FabLab in Cameroon by taking part in the challenge. Their idea: to create a robot to improve the health of people suffering from rheumatism by allowing them to take part in physical exercise.

Why?
Getting back into sport when you suffer from rheumatism is important to reduce the spread of the disease, but it is also painful and difficult. With connections adapted to different body parts to stimulate the joints, the robot allows them to walk, run and swim. A remote control allows them to select the sport, frequency of movement, difficulty...

How?
3D modelling workshops, electronic programming, use of 3D printers, the Arduino kit and a soldering iron were involved in the process to create the robot. The next steps: assembly and programming the motor and remote control, building and testing!

 

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The Solidarity FabLabs Challenge

Solidarity FabLabs introduce young people to digital manufacturing and provide training. Today the #Imake4MyCity challenge is allowing them to propose projects that make it easier for everyone, everywhere to take part in sport and also to contribute to changing the way that society looks at disability.