We went and spoke with people with a disability to learn what people wanted. After visiting the Australian Quadriplegic Association in Melbourne, running a focus group with the Spinal Cord Injuries Association in Sydney, and speaking with many individuals with limited upper mobility, we began to keep hearing the same things over and over again. People want a robotic arm that’s discreet, aesthetic and functional. So we created Jeva.
But we didn't stop speaking with people - with care organisations, with individuals, with carers. In total, we spoke with over 150 people in the industry while we created Jeva.
The robotic arm Jeva is named after Jessica Evans (pictured left), the first person with a disability we met, who told us in her first email to us, “I have to say this is a dream come true because I have grown up with science-fiction and liked the idea of having my own robot of sorts, and definitely I've imagined uses for robotic type devices given that I have a disability.”
The control interface is simple and intuitive.
Relative motion. Used to get the arm to navigate anywhere.
We have a provisional patent on this system, which allows a person to access a point in space easily without needing to do the individual navigation steps. The grid represents points in space in front of a person, and a pyramid represents depth away from a person.
You can press record on the screen, show the arm a movement, and have that movement be stored on the device to be accessed at any time in the future.
At the dinner table, record the arm spooning soup into your mouth, and then play that movement on repeat! You can choose to pause at anytime.
Jeva may be controlled using the following devices:
iPhone/ iPad/ iPod
Android smartphones and tablets
EPSON Moverio headset (using head movements)
From December 2014 - February 2015, 40 people trialled Jeva using those control interfaces in our beta and alpha usability trials supported by the TAC and the University of Melbourne. Channel Nine News reported on our usability trial on 16 May 2015. (Click on the image to access the article and a fun 2-minute video!)