Faculty Advisor

Clancy, Edward A.

Faculty Advisor

Fischer, Gregory S.

Abstract

Stroke affects 600,000 people annually who are left with weakened limbs and hands. Repetitive hand movement is often used as a rehabilitation technique in order to regain hand movement and strength. In order to facilitate recovery, a robotic glove was designed to aid in the movement and coordination of grip exercises. This glove uses a cable system to open and close a patient’s hand,actuated by servomotors mounted in a 13lbs backpack. The glove can be controlled in terms of finger position and grip force through switch interface, software program, or myoelectric signal. This project developed a working prototype of the rehabilitative robotic glove which actuates the fingers over a full range of motion across one degrees-of-freedom, and is capable of generating a maximum 15N grip force.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Biomedical Engineering

Major

Robotics Engineering

Major

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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