R. Oboe, O. A. Daud, S. Masiero, F. Oscari, and G. Rosati
Development of a haptic teleoperation system for remote motor and functional evaluation of hand in patients with neurological impairments
In Proceedings of the 11th IEEE International Workshop on Advanced Motion Control AMC 2010, pages 518Ė523, Nagaoka, Japan, March 21-24 2010

Abstract: The use of haptic devices in rehabilitation is becoming rather popular, given the proven effectiveness of such devices in stimulating the proprioceptive and tactile sensing of the users. In a standard framework, such devices are used in a local scenario, where the patient interacts with virtual manipulation experiments, presented on a computer screen. In this paper, we propose an extension of this standard approach by allowing the therapist to remotely interact with the patient, in order to remotely assess the degree of progress (or recovery) and, in turn, properly design new rehabilitation exercises. We apply the proposed concept on single d.o.f., bilateral system, based on two hand orthosis, one used as a master device by the therapist and the other applied to the patientís hand. By using the master device (which incorporates a hand prosthesis, to make the manipulation more realistic), the therapist can remotely move the patientís hand and, at the same time, thanks to the bilateral force feedback, he/she can perceive the patientís resistance to the motion, allowing the remote motor and functional evaluation of the hand.

Topic: Medicals
Activity: Active hand orthosis for post-stroke rehabilitation

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