Development of a highly dexterous robotic hand with independent finger movements for amputee training

Ali H. Al-Timemy, Alexandre Brochard, Guido Bugmann*, Javier Escudero

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Abstract

Around the world, there are thousands of people who lost a hand during war or as a consequence of an accident. Artificial hand prosthesis controlled by surface electromyography (EMG) signals offers a promising solution to improve the quality of life of amputees. As part of the process of prosthesis fitting, an occupational therapist will try to train the amputee with the help of a physical prosthesis [1] that is not actually fitted, but only displayed to provide visual feedback, but these are expensive (>£16,000). This training should be performed for long periods of time at the rehabilitation centre prior to the prosthesis fitting. It aims at improving the generation of nerve signals for capture by EMG probes, and at tuning of the EMG pattern recognition algorithm to the actions most suited for each amputee [2]. This part of the rehabilitation process can be made more efficient and more widely available through the use of a low-cost actuated hand with the same degrees of freedom as the prosthetic device to be fitted.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards Autonomous Robotic Systems - 14th Annual Conference, TAROS 2013, Revised Selected Papers
PublisherSpringer-Verlag
Pages291-293
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9783662436448
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event14th Annual Conference on Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems, TAROS 2013 - Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 28 Aug 201330 Aug 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume8069 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference14th Annual Conference on Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems, TAROS 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityOxford
Period28/08/1330/08/13

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