Power assistive and rehabilitation wearable robot based on pneumatic soft actuators

Al-Fahaam, H, Davis, ST and Nefti-Meziani, S 2016, 'Power assistive and rehabilitation wearable robot based on pneumatic soft actuators' , in: 2016 21st International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics (MMAR) , IEEE, pp. 472-477.

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to describe the design of a soft, wearable glove for power assisted and rehabilitation, based on pneumatic soft actuators. The extensor bending type of pneumatic soft actuators was used in this study, which proved these actuators are appropriate by examining their characteristics. A proposed solution for a release movement is presented. Experimental results show this solution works efficiently. Electromyography (EMG) signals are monitored to examine the proposed prototype. The proposed glove provides assistive power for multi-griping and multi-pinching movements depending on the human intention. Elderly, partially disabled and strenuous workers can use this glove. An efficient control algorithm used, depending on signals from sensors located within the glove, that capture the movement type and bending angle to provide appropriate assistance. A wide range of rehabilitation exercises can be carried out using this soft wearable glove.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Publisher: IEEE
ISBN: 9781509018666
Funders: Fee paying student
Depositing User: ST Davis
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2016 13:18
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2017 15:56
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/40967

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