Prosthetic Advancements

The Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL), a collaborative effort between the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and the University of Pittsburgh, researches, develops, and tests a variety of technologies, including wheelchairs, and uses 3D printers with advanced manufacturing to design and create prostheses and other assistive devices.

The idea for the mouse came up at the 2018 National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass, Colorado. There, he met with Army and Coast Guard veteran Dave Riley, a past national commander of DAV. Riley, a quadruple amputee, suggested to Cooper: “I’m a computer scientist. It would be really helpful if I could use a mouse that’s compatible with my prosthetic hook.”

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