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    • #19106
      Ryan Berhar

      Happy Thursday everyone! Hope you all are having a great week, and are ready for the summer to kick off.

      Check out my latest video here. In this episode, I talk about modifying my suction machine so that I can operate it with my JACO robotic arm. A suction machine is something that many of us in the SMA community use to help with our breathing and swallowing. Prior to this modification, I had to rely on other people to help me use it.

      It’s exciting to continually gain more independence with my JACO arm, and this is just another example. I hope you all enjoy this video, and please be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel if you haven’t already. Thanks for watching!


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    • #19128
      DeAnn R

      Very clever! I’ve used the light switch trick on other things too. Works great. I’m using smart sockets more often now though. Great idea to use the bottle to allow the arm to grasp it better.

    • #19131
      Kevin Schaefer

      Great video! Figuring out adaptations like this has been one of my favorite parts of having a JACO arm. I’m glad you were able to figure out how to make your suction machine sessions a little easier.

    • #19133
      Ryan Berhar

      Thanks guys!

    • #19165

      Very interesting. I need to use the suction approximately every 5 minutes since I cannot physically swallow with the help from my mother or carers. This could prove very useful for people like myself although I’m not sure that it will work with deep throat suctioning.

      • #19198
        Ryan Berhar

        It would be quite tedious to do every five minutes, as it takes a minute or so to complete the task. I imagine it would still be a great ability for you to have, however. I’m not really sure what deep throat suctioning is. When I had pneumonia regularly as a child, I had  “deep suctioning” at the hospital which meant they put a tube up my nose and down into my lungs. I assume you’re referring to something else?

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