Development of a Hand Rehabilitation Robot System for Range of Motion Exercises with Pneumatic Soft Actuators
H. Taniguchi, T. Meguro, S. Yamamoto, S. Araki, R. Kobiki
National Institute of Technology, Tsuyama-shi, Japan
This paper presents a hand rehabilitation robot system for range of motion (ROM) exercises. Many researchers have developed mechanical finger rehabilitation devices to improve movement disabilities. However, these devices are able to exercise only range of finger joint motion. We therefore have developed the finger rehabilitation robot system which provides not only the several ROM exercises such as flexion and extension movements but also to execute a massage therapy for the muscles of the hand and fingers. Firstly, we have developed a pneumatic soft actuator as the drive source of the device. This actuator has many advantages such as lightweight, flexibility, safety and with a high affinity for people. Basically, the finger rehabilitation is carried out for the thumb through to the little finger. Therefore, we have produced two types of hand rehabilitation robot systems for the index to little fingers and the thumb. In the experimental test, we measured the max ROM needed for finger joints. As the results, we confirmed that the robot is able to provide several ROM exercises.
ACTUATOR 2016 Manuscript P 56
Publication date: 01/06/2016
Manuscript P 56 published in Conference Proceedings ACTUATOR 2016
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