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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814060/a-soft-wearable-robot-for-the-shoulder-design-characterization-and-preliminary-testing
#1
Ciaran T O'Neill, Nathan S Phipps, Leonardo Cappello, Sabrina Paganoni, Conor J Walsh
In this paper, we present a soft wearable robot for the shoulder which has the potential to assist individuals suffering from a range of neuromuscular conditions affecting the shoulder to perform activities of daily living. This wearable robot combines two types of soft textile pneumatic actuators which were custom developed for this particular application to support the upper arm through shoulder abduction and horizontal flexion/extension. The advantage of a textile-based approach is that the robot can be lightweight, low-profile, comfortable and non-restrictive to the wearer, and easy to don like an item of clothing...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814031/evaluation-of-walking-smoothness-using-wearable-robotic-system-curara%C3%A2-for-spinocerebellar-degeneration-patients
#2
Atsushi Tsukahara, Kunihiro Yoshida, Akira Matsushima, Kumiko Ajima, Chika Kuroda, Noriaki Mizukami, Minoru Hashimoto
This paper aimed to verify the effectiveness of the wearable robotic system "curara" for patients with spinocerebellar degeneration (SCD) by evaluating walking smoothness. The curara system supports the wearer's gait using a synchronization control method that uses a neural oscillator based on a central pattern generator network. The system reflects the motional intention by adjusting the synchronization gains. This modifies the degree of interactive coordinated motion between the curara and the wearer. As a feasibility study, we evaluated the waking smoothness of 10 patients with SCD using three gain condition settings...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814021/simultaneous-estimation-of-human-and-exoskeleton-motion-a-simplified-protocol
#3
M T Alvarez, D Torricelli, A J Del-Ama, D Pinto, J Gonzalez-Vargas, J C Moreno, A Gil-Agudo, J L Pons
Adequate benchmarking procedures in the area of wearable robots is gaining importance in order to compare different devices on a quantitative basis, improve them and support the standardization and regulation procedures. Performance assessment usually focuses on the execution of locomotion tasks, and is mostly based on kinematic-related measures. Typical drawbacks of marker-based motion capture systems, gold standard for measure of human limb motion, become challenging when measuring limb kinematics, due to the concomitant presence of the robot...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814015/postoperative-healing-patterns-in-elbow-using-electromyography-towards-the-development-of-a-wearable-mechatronic-elbow-brace
#4
Raneem Haddara, Yue Zhou, Shrikant Chinchalkar, Ana Luisa Trejos
Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions are the most common cause of severe long-term pain and physical disability. Current postoperative treatment for patients requires them to follow a long-term physiotherapy program customized for each specific case; however, this process can be complex, time-consuming and without the right therapy it may end up being ineffective. A possible solution involves the development of wearable mechatronic elbow braces that use electromyography (EMG) to identify patient intent. However, EMG characteristics change based on the health of the individual and therefore require further investigation...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814012/quantitative-measures-with-wrex-usage
#5
Tracy M Shank, Jinyong Wee, Jennifer Ty, Tariq Rahman
This paper presents the results of two surveys conducted with users of a functional upper extremity orthosis called the Wilmington Robotic EXoskeleton (WREX). The WREX is a passive anti-gravity arm orthosis that allows people with neuromuscular disabilities to move their arms in three dimensions. An online user survey with 55 patients was conducted to determine the benefits of the WREX. The survey asked 10 questions related to upper extremity function with and without the WREX as well as subjective impressions of the device...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814005/distance-based-kinematics-of-the-five-oblique-axis-thumb-model-with-intersecting-axes-at-the-metacarpophalangeal-joint
#6
Nicolas Rojas, Aaron M Dollar
This paper proposes a novel and simple method to compute all possible solutions of the inverse kinematics problem of the five-oblique-axis thumb model with intersecting axes at the metacarpophalangeal joint. This thumb model is one of the suggested results by a magnetic-resonance-imaging-based study that, in contrast to those based on cadaver fingers or on the tracking of the surface of the fingers, takes into account muscle and ligament behaviors and avoids inaccuracies resulting from the movement of the skin with respect to the bones...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813995/a-novel-human-effort-estimation-method-for-knee-assistive-exoskeletons
#7
Lorenzo Saccares, Anais Brygo, Ioannis Sarakoglou, Nikos G Tsagarakis
In this work we present a novel method to estimate online the torques at the knee joints with the goal to generate reference signals for knee assistive devices. One of the main advantages of the proposed approach is its reduced sensing requirements, which leads to an ergonomic setup with minimal instrumentation, especially above the knee and of the upper body. Indeed, only the measurement of the forces and torques exchanged between the ground and the user's feet, the posture of the shanks, and the model of the user's shank itself are needed for the estimation of the knee torque...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813974/a-cosmetic-prosthetic-digit-with-bioinspired-embedded-touch-feedback
#8
Diego Barone, Marco D'Alonzo, Marco Controzzi, Francesco Clemente, Christian Cipriani
Partial hand amputation is the most frequent amputation level worldwide, accounting for approximately 90% of all upper limb amputations. Passive cosmetic prostheses represent one of the possible choices for its treatment, probably the most affordable one. However, these devices restore very limited motor function and subtle sensory feedback. The latter is an important component for restoring the body schema. In this work we present a simple yet potentially effective and low cost cosmetic digital prosthesis that embeds touch feedback; we dubbed this DESC-finger...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813957/an-instrumented-object-for-studying-human-grasping
#9
R A Romeo, F Cordelia, A Davalli, R Sacchetti, E Guglielmelli, L Zollo
This paper proposes the use of an instrumented object for the study of the human grasping strategies. The proposed object is able to measure the grasping forces by means of three Force Sensitive Resistor (FSR) sensors and triaxial acceleration through an accelerometer. The object orientation angles (roll and pitch) can be estimated from the accelerometer output in quasi-static condition, whereas slippage events can be detected through the Power Spectrum Density (PSD) computation of the acceleration on at least one of the three axes...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813942/robotic-assessment-of-the-contribution-of-motor-commands-to-wrist-position-sense
#10
Sara Contu, Francesca Marini, Lorenzo Masia
Assessing joint position sense for rehabilitation after neurological injury provides a prognostic factor in recovery and long-term functional outcomes. A common method for testing joint position sense involves the active replication of a joint configuration presented via a passive movement. However, recent evidence showed how this sense is mediated by the centrally generated signals of motor command, such that movements produced volitionally may be coded differently from passive movements and accuracy may be different when matching targets presented actively...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813931/making-neurorehabilitation-fun-multiplayer-training-via-damping-forces-balancing-differences-in-skill-levels
#11
Kilian Baur, Peter Wolf, Robert Riener, Jaime E Duarte
Multiplayer environments are thought to increase the training intensity in robot-aided rehabilitation therapy after stroke. We developed a haptic-based environment to investigate the dynamics of two-player training performing time-constrained reaching movements using the ARMin rehabilitation robot. We implemented a challenge level adaptation algorithm that controlled a virtual damping coefficient to reach a desired success rate. We tested the algorithm's effectiveness in regulating the success rate during game play in a simulation with computer-controlled players, in a feasibility study with six unimpaired players, and in a single session with one stroke patient...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813925/stereo-3d-tracking-of-infants-in-natural-play-conditions
#12
Shreyas S Shivakumar, Helen Loeb, Daniel K Bogen, Frances Shofer, Phillip Bryant, Laura Prosser, Michelle J Johnson
This paper describes the design and implementation of a multiple view stereoscopic 3D vision system and a supporting infant tracker pipeline to track limb movement in natural play environments and identify potential metrics to quantify movement behavior. So far, human pose estimation and tracking with 3D cameras has been focused primarily on adults and cannot be directly extended to infants because of differences in visual features such as shapes, sizes and appearance. With rehabilitation in mind, we propose a portable, compact, markerless, low cost and high resolution 3D vision system and a tracking algorithm that exploits infant appearance attributes and depth information...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813912/transverse-forces-versus-modified-ashworth-scale-for-upper-limb-flexion-extension-in-para-sagittal-plane
#13
Nitin Seth, Denise Johnson, Hussein A Abdullah
Spasticity is a common impairment following an upper motor neuron lesion in conditions such as stroke and brain injury. A clinical issue is how to best quantify and measure spasticity. Recently, research has been performed to develop new methods of spasticity quantification using various systems. This paper follows up on previous work taking a closer look at the role of transversal forces obtained via rehabilitation robot for motions in the para-sagittal plane. Results from 45 healthy individuals and 40 individuals with acquired brain injury demonstrate that although the passive upper motions are vertical, horizontal forces into and away from the individual's body demonstrate a relationship with the Modified Ashworth Scale...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813885/the-effect-of-robot-dynamics-on-smoothness-during-wrist-pointing
#14
Andrew Erwin, Evan Pezent, Joshua Bradley, Marcia K O'Malley
The improvement of movement smoothness over the course of therapy is one of the positive outcomes observed during robotic rehabilitation. Although movements are generally robust to disturbances, certain perturbations might disrupt an individual's ability to produce these smooth movements. In this paper, we explore how a rehabilitation robot's inherent dynamics impact movement smoothness during pointing tasks. Able-bodied participants made wrist pointing movements under four different operating conditions. Despite the relative transparency of the device, inherent dynamic characteristics negatively impacted movement smoothness...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813882/validation-of-the-efficiency-of-a-robotic-rehabilitation-training-system-for-recovery-of-severe-plegie-hand-motor-function-after-a-stroke
#15
Hirofumi Tanabe, Munehiro Ikuta, Yoshifumi Morita
We have developed a rehabilitation training system called the Useful and Ultimate Rehabilitation System PARKO (UR System PARKO) to promote the recovery of motor function of the severe chronic plegic hand of stroke patients. This system was equipped with two functions to realize two conditions: (1) fixing of all fingers to a hyperextended position and (2) extending the elbow joint while applying resistance load to the fingertips. A clinical test was conducted with two patients to determine the therapeutic effect of the UR System PARKO for severe plegic hand...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813870/upper-limb-training-assessment-program-using-passive-force-controllable-rehabilitation-system
#16
Takehito Kikuchi, Chihiro Sato, Kazuki Yamabe, Isao Abe, Tetsuya Ohno, Shintaro Kugimiya, Akio Inoue
Upper limb rehabilitation training for Hemiplegie patients has been conducted mainly by human therapists. Training methods and conditions depend strongly on their experience because of the wide range of individual differences between patients. The force control and sensing functions of rehabilitation robots are expected to be used for the qualitative assessment of next-generation computational rehabilitation. In this study, we developed a simple exercise machine for upper limbs (SEMUL) using an electro-rheological fluid brake, as a safe brake-type robotic rehabilitation system...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813865/template-model-inspired-leg-force-feedback-based-control-can-assist-human-walking
#17
Guoping Zhao, Maziar Sharbafi, Mark Vlutters, Edwin van Asseldonk, Andre Seyfarth
We present a novel control approach for assistive lower-extremity exoskeletons. In particular, we implement a virtual pivot point (VPP) template model inspired leg force feedback based controller on a lower-extremity powered exoskeleton (LOPES II) and demonstrate that it can effectively assist humans during walking. It has been shown that the VPP template model is capable of stabilizing the trunk and reproduce a human-like hip torque during the stance phase of walking. With leg force and joint angle feedback inspired by the VPP template model, our controller provides hip and knee torque assistance during the stance phase...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813857/kinematic-effects-of-inertia-and-friction-added-by-a-robotic-knee-exoskeleton-after-prolonged-walking
#18
C Shirota, M R Tucker, O Lambercy, R Gassert
The capabilities of robotic gait assistive devices are ever increasing; however, their adoption outside of the lab is still limited. A critical barrier for the functionality of these devices are the still unknown mechanical properties of the human leg during dynamic conditions such as walking. We built a robotic knee exoskeleton to address this problem. Here, we present the effects of our device on the walking pattern of four subjects. We assessed the effects after a short period of acclimation as well as after a 1...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813839/timing-of-intermittent-torque-control-with-wire-driven-gait-training-robot-lifting-toe-trajectory-for-trip-avoidance
#19
Tamon Miyake, Yo Kobayashi, Masakatsu G Fujie, Shigeki Sugano
Gait training robots are useful for changing gait patterns and decreasing risk of trip. Previous research has reported that decreasing duration of the assistance or guidance of the robot is beneficial for efficient gait training. Although robotic intermittent control method for assisting joint motion has been established, the effect of the robot intervention timing on change of toe clearance is unclear. In this paper, we tested different timings of applying torque to the knee, employing the intermittent control of a gait training robot to increase toe clearance throughout the swing phase...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813827/biomechanical-effects-of-robot-assisted-walking-on-knee-joint-kinematics-and-muscle-activation-pattern
#20
Pavithra Thangavel, S Vidhya, Junhua Li, Effie Chew, Anastasios Bezerianos, Haoyong Yu
Since manual rehabilitation therapy can be taxing for both the patient and the physiotherapist, a gait rehabilitation robot has been built to reduce the physical strain and increase the efficacy of the rehabilitation therapy. The prototype of the gait rehabilitation robot is designed to provide assistance while walking for patients with abnormal gait pattern and it can also be used for rehabilitation therapy to restore an individual's normal gait pattern by aiding motor recovery. The Gait Rehabilitation Robot uses gait event based synchronization, which enables the exoskeleton to provide synchronous assistance during walking that aims to reduce the lower-limb muscle activation...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
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