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Development of an EMG controlled hand exoskeleton for post-stroke rehabilitation

Ferreira, Hugo Alexandre; Moital, Ana; Dogramadzi, Sanja

Authors

Hugo Alexandre Ferreira

Ana Moital



Abstract

© 2015 ACM. Rehabilitation after stroke is of crucial importance since patients often have severe motor impairments that affect their daily activities. In the past decades, a number of robotic systems have been proposed for stroke rehabilitation but very few of them are available in the market. Addition- ally, because of their high costs they are not widely accessi- ble. This paper presents a light-weight hand exoskeleton controlled by patient's surface electromyography (sEMG) signals. This system could empower the patient to inten- sively exercise the hand and control its movement with his/her muscles. This would personalise the rehabilitation process since the system will respond to patient's own effort to move. sEMG signals were acquired from the healthy forearm and pattern recognition techniques were used to distinguish ex- tension and exion of the index and middle fingers. The mo- torized exoskeleton imposed the corresponding movements in the hand wearing it. Individualization of finger move- ments was accomplished with more than 95% of accuracy and opening and closing motions were established by the exoskeleton in the opposite hand.

Start Date Oct 1, 2015
Publication Date Oct 1, 2015
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 01-02-October-2015
Pages 66-72
Book Title Proceedings of the 3rd 2015 Workshop on ICTs for improving Patients Rehabilitation Research Techniques - REHAB '15
Institution Citation Ferreira, H. A., Moital, A. R., Moital, A., Hugo Alexander, F., & Dogramadzi, S. (2015). Development of an EMG controlled hand exoskeleton for post-stroke rehabilitation. In Proceedings of the 3rd 2015 Workshop on ICTs for improving Patients Rehabilitation Research Techniques - REHAB '15, (66-72). https://doi.org/10.1145/2838944.2838961
DOI https://doi.org/10.1145/2838944.2838961
Keywords EMG, exoskeleton, hand, stroke, rehabilitation
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2838944.2838961
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : REHAB