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UW robot capable of helping patients with physical therapy regimen


April 5, 2016


Baxter the robot mimics arm movements made by James Kretzchmar. Debbie Kretzchmar is conducting research this semester using Baxter as a coach for physical therapy patients.

LARAMIE - For the past two semesters, Debbie Kretzchmar has met with a new friend in a small lab in the University of Wyoming's Engineering Building. The nontraditional UW student, majoring in computer science, works with Baxter on his motor skills, which includes arm movement and gripping with his hands.

Baxter isn't your ordinary friend, though. He is a robot.

Housed in UW's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECE), Baxter is big and red, and looks pretty bad. But, he looks friendly due to his big eyes that appear on an LCD screen that graces his face.

Kretzchmar has worked...

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