The Effect of Locking out Wrist Flexion and Extension with an Upper Body Exoskeleton on Handgun Training

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Danford-Klein, Erik
Oviatt, Tyler
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Stone, Richard
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Schnieders, Thomas
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The second version of The Armed Robotic Control for Training in Civilian Law Enforcement, or ARCTiC LawE is presented in this paper. The ARCTiC LawE is an upper body exoskeleton designed to assist in training civilians, military, and law enforcement personnel. This second iteration tests the effect of locking out wrist flexion and extension for handgun training in addition to locking out the radial and ulnar deviation from the first version of The ARCTiC LawE. The experimental group scored significantly higher than the control group at 21 feet and 45 feet over a two-week period. The training occurred in week one and testing occurred in week two. This study lays the groundwork for continued research on transfer of training effectiveness with the ARCTiC LawE.


This is a manuscript of a proceeding published as Schnieders, Thomas M., Richard T. Stone, Erik Danford-Klein, and Tyler Oviatt. 2017. "The Effect of Locking out Wrist Flexion and Extension with an Upper Body Exoskeleton on Handgun Training." In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, vol. 61, no. 1, pp. 1499-1503. October 9–13, 2017, Austin, TX. DOI: 10.1177/1541931213601860. Posted with permission.

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