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08 Jul Rice engineering team delivers robotic arm to Houston area teenager



It was a big day for Dee Faught when a team of Rice University students gave him a helping hand. In fact, they gave him a whole arm.

The bioengineering students who won last April’s George R. Brown School of Engineering Design Showcase and Competition for their R-ARM, a robotic device for Faught that fits his motorized chair, had the eager team try a nearly finished version Sept. 20 at Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Houston.

The arm will allow Faught, who lives with osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic condition that makes his bones especially brittle, to perform tasks most people take for granted.

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  • Charles X
    Posted at 17:40h, 08 July

    GOD.

  • Krishaun Green
    Posted at 17:40h, 08 July

    The LORD PROVIDES! These young man are brilliant and caring; I am PLEASED! GLORY TO THE LAMB BLESSINGS FOREVER!

  • John Adams
    Posted at 17:40h, 08 July

    Really awesome! 👍👍👍

  • A K
    Posted at 17:40h, 08 July

    Wow. This is such a good use of technology.

  • George I
    Posted at 17:40h, 08 July

    Great job you guys and girls You all did a great thing

  • TripleXRiot
    Posted at 17:40h, 08 July

    i know that guy i went to high school with him! hes a really cool dude

  • Nigel Huang
    Posted at 17:40h, 08 July

    Wow thats cool he uses a ps3 controller

  • Mike Herron
    Posted at 17:40h, 08 July

    Simply outstanding… As someone who has O.I. as well, something like this would make things so much more easy.  If the guys from Rice see this message please market this ASAP… 

  • Aaron Lee
    Posted at 17:40h, 08 July

    How can people dislike this…. This is such an amazing story

  • BigRickTheDJ
    Posted at 17:40h, 08 July

    This is amazing on SO many levels… WOW… Faith in humanity: temporarily restored… KEEP IT UP, DEE!!!

  • George
    Posted at 17:40h, 08 July

    The world is pretty cool sometimes, and the people in it are pretty rad, too.

  • Silvan Onetruss
    Posted at 17:40h, 08 July

    The sad part to all of this? There is some Texas politician who is campaigning to take funding away from Rice for projects just like this.  His Twitter handle is @whitmire_john Join me in telling him to stop. These kids do good. Don't penalize them for political gain. 

  • Cliff Makanda
    Posted at 17:40h, 08 July

    This is amazing! 🙂

  • Shanti Israni
    Posted at 17:40h, 08 July

    I absolutely LOVE this! I have the same disease, however I have type 1 which is less severe, but I really REALLY love this! I got all emotional. This is the fourth time I watch this video. I'm so happy to see this.

  • TheGerm24
    Posted at 17:40h, 08 July

    I love the use of the PS3 controller.  No reason to create your own user interface when an off the shelf one exists.

  • TkBrina
    Posted at 17:40h, 08 July

    Flipping awesome!!

  • J London
    Posted at 17:40h, 08 July

    Stunning video – an incredible project from the Rice students! This is my absolute dream, to use engineering to help people with disabilities gain more autonomy. I have an interview for an engineering PhD in the next couple of weeks and wrote in my personal statement about using mobile phone technology (e.g. NFC) to help improve the autonomy of people with physical ailments. This video is great inspiration.

  • Xyz.
    Posted at 17:40h, 08 July

    This is so amazing, Dee and the engineers are great!

  • Xuncu
    Posted at 17:40h, 08 July

    Hm, that is a good point: why aren't power chairs essentially modable into "Ride Armors"?

  • lmaollama6356
    Posted at 17:40h, 08 July

    I didn't know I was gonna get all teared up today 🙂

  • editscifi
    Posted at 17:40h, 08 July

    Technology keeps advancing more and more to give people with disabilities of all kids a more independent life.  I am dyslexic and I know my situation is in a completely different sphear than his.  Advances in technology, mainly software for computers and GPSs, have changed my life forever.  One day there may be enough things out there that there will be vertually no difference in the lives of person's with disabilities than with anyone else.  These kids have literally changed this young man's life, and I hope they know it.  More over I hope the arm can become something people with ranges of disabilities can access. 

  • Q Hill
    Posted at 17:40h, 08 July

    I wonder about the people who dislike videos like this! I am intrigued to know what exactly you dislike about it! 

  • RobTake2
    Posted at 17:40h, 08 July

    They have really made a nice project here with a great goal and results. I know the design of the arm and its control would have been complex, so it's a great achievement.

    Watching the video I thought maybe they could just add a little basket to drop things in beside Dee, so he can pick them up from there. The way he was dropping objects into his hand might cause some accidents if he misses it, or it's too heavy.

  • 77BeatsPerMinute
    Posted at 17:40h, 08 July

    This is so awesome! But the 48 people who disliked this all have no heart. How can you not like this? This video restored my faith in humanity.

  • A M
    Posted at 17:40h, 08 July

    Using your knowledge, talent and education as a resource to improve the quality of life for another fellow human being is beyond words.

  • Nathan Stevens
    Posted at 17:40h, 08 July

    Dee, my man

  • Jonathan X
    Posted at 17:40h, 08 July

    Faith in humanity restored!

  • carlosmante
    Posted at 17:40h, 08 July

     Hope Rice Students support the Dreamers , too.

  • carlosmante
    Posted at 17:40h, 08 July

    Rice University Me hizo Recordar mi querido HOUSTON.

  • Cabrina Williams
    Posted at 17:40h, 08 July

    real tears …. great job !

  • MissMSL91
    Posted at 17:40h, 08 July

    That´s amazing! Great work you guys! 🙂

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