Force assisted hand and finger device for rehabilitation

Mohd Nor Azmi Bin Ab Patar, Takashi Komeda, Jamaluddin Mahmud

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Abstract

To date, the development of robotic systems for hand assistance and rehabilitation purposes, particularly related to stroke patients has gained wide interest. Evidence shows that robotic treatment could positively influence hand recovery. Nevertheless, there is no single established treatment strategy or protocol. This paper for the first time attempts to design and assess a novel wearable multiphalanges device for hand and finger rehabilitation assisting acute paralysed stroke survivors. A prototype of a Pneumatic Actuated Finger Exoskeleton (PAFEx) has been developed. The design of the device is proposed after analysing four existing main working mechanisms, i.e. Pneumatic Cylinders, Artificial Rubber Muscles, Linkage Mechanism and Cable-Driven Mechanism. The main design considerations for the home-based device focus on the ease of use and affordability. The device focused on assist the MP joint and PIP joint of thumb and index finger. For that reason, the angular displacement relationship between MP joint and PIP joint is estimated. The current findings show that the device has great potential for individualised rehabilitation session for patients who require rehabilitation in the context of their own home. Nevertheless, further investigation and experiments involving the Pneumatic Actuated Finger Exoskeleton (PAFEx) are currently in progress and the results will be reported imminently.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISTMET 2014 - 1st International Symposium on Technology Management and Emerging Technologies, Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages133-138
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781479937042
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Oct 24
Event1st International Symposium on Technology Management and Emerging Technologies, ISTMET 2014 - Bandung, Indonesia
Duration: 2014 May 272014 May 29

Publication series

NameISTMET 2014 - 1st International Symposium on Technology Management and Emerging Technologies, Proceedings

Conference

Conference1st International Symposium on Technology Management and Emerging Technologies, ISTMET 2014
CountryIndonesia
CityBandung
Period14/5/2714/5/29

Keywords

  • Exoskeleton
  • Extension
  • Finger and Hand Rehabilitation
  • Flexion
  • Grasping Assistance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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    Ab Patar, M. N. A. B., Komeda, T., & Mahmud, J. (2014). Force assisted hand and finger device for rehabilitation. In ISTMET 2014 - 1st International Symposium on Technology Management and Emerging Technologies, Proceedings (pp. 133-138). [6936493] (ISTMET 2014 - 1st International Symposium on Technology Management and Emerging Technologies, Proceedings). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ISTMET.2014.6936493