Combining soft robotics and brain-machine interfaces for stroke rehabilitation

Patricia A. Vargas*, Fabricio Lima Brasil, Alistair C. McConnell, Marta Vallejo, David W. Corne, Adam A. Stokes, Renan Cipriano Moioli

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Stroke is a devastating condition with profound implications for health economics and resources worldwide. Recent works showed that the use of brain-machine interfaces (BMI) could help movement improvements in severely affected chronic stroke patients. This work shows the feasibility and use of a Soft Orthotic Physiotherapy Hand Interactive Aid (SOPHIA) system, able to provide more intense rehabilitation sessions and facilitate the supervision of multiple patients by a single Physiotherapist. The SOPHIA device is controlled by a BMI system and has a lightweight design and low cost. Tests with researchers showed that the system presents a reliable and stable control, besides being able to actively open the volunteers’ hands.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiosystems and Biorobotics
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameBiosystems and Biorobotics
ISSN (Print)21953562
ISSN (Electronic)21953570


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