Question 1: Ethics (500 words).
Describe three ethical dilemmas that face biomedical engineers working in the field of assistive technology?
Question 2: Socially Assistive Robotics (500 words)
Socially Assistive Robotics is a rapidly increasing field. Research a socially assistive robot and detail how this robot can assist and benefit an aging population.
Question 3: A Day in the Life (500 words)
Watch one of the following YouTube videos
Physical Impairment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-PEeErV05Q
Visual Impairment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EWFABp1ROk
Hearing Impairment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecmCHXZkTGI
After watching the YouTube video, reflect on how the different assistive technologies shown in the video advances the life of its user.
Question 4: Brain-Machine Interface (500 words)
The brain-machine interface (BMI) is a hot topic at the moment particularly in the development of devices capable of restimulating lost nerves due to limb paralysis or injury. A recent magazine article in MIT’s technology review has detailed how BrainGate is working at the forefront of BMI research, however, despite much great effort the research has a number of complicating factors that has prevented the technology “taking off”. Why?
Question 5 : Minor essay (1000 words)
Research an assistive technology (AT) device that most interests you (wheelchair, computer-aided tech, bionics, rehabilitation aid etc), detail its progression from its invention until today. Explain why the AT was developed and how it may change in the future.