Two of this year's capstone projects were showcased Friday, in preparation for the UMaine student symposium at the Cross Center next week.
Dummies are often used to teach nursing students how to take someone's vitals, but they don't give the student a real life experience.
That is why four UMaine biomedical engineering students came up with a training vest that works like a simulation dummy -- providing skipped heart beats and other signs of problems -- while the person wearing it can act out other symptoms.
“This gives a real like interaction with the patient, which make it better for them because they'll be able to actually have that hands-on experience and actually have that bedside manner,” Jennie Daley, a UMaine senior bioengineering student from Sullivan said Friday.
The second project spotlighted at UMaine featured a devise called a soft robot.
“This project is a co-op between mechanical engineering technology and bioengineering in order to create artificial muscles in order to help with rehabilitation of arms for stroke victims,” said Lucas Hayden, a UMaine mechanical engineering technology senior from Hartland.
“We've taken an air actuated nematic muscle design and we've outfitted it to a military style backpack so that we can move a patient's arm forward and back,” said Rachel Detwiler, a UMaine biomedical engineering student from Bath.
“Increasing arm movement will help with rehabilitation attempts,” she added later.
The students said they spent hundreds hours designing and creating the projects, mostly with readily available materials.
More than 300 student capstone projects will be featured at the 2018 UMaine symposium, scheduled for 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on April 17 at the Cross Center in Bangor.