Design improvements of a minimally supervised portable hand trainer
Frequent and high-intensity training, especially in the first six months, is crucial to improve upper-limb capacity of people after stroke. This leads to better performance in activities of daily living and thus, a higher quality of life. Robot-assisted therapy can help to deliver high-intensity training. However, often the time and effort required for therapists and patients to set up the robotic device is high, leading to frustration and abandonment. Additionally, state-of-the-art robotic devices tend to be bulky, expensive and highly complex machines, making minimally supervised use in a home environment challenging.
Figure 1: Hand trainer for for minimally supervised use. The device can be used to train finger flexion/extension and wrist pronosupination.
Aims of the project
Literature research: Review of Human-Centered Design use in Rehabilitation Robotics, minimally supervised training and upper-limb stroke rehabilitation.