Faculty Advisor

Clancy, Edward A.

Faculty Advisor

Fischer, Gregory S.

Faculty Advisor

Onal, Cagdas Denizel

Abstract

Traditional physical therapy for upper-limb post- stroke hemiparetic patients often fails to reach the maximum potential for recovery and is unable to provide a complete, quantitative assessment of a patient’s progress. Through the use of robotics the team aimed to create a device free of these faults which would provide a holistic physical therapy solution. The sleeve achieves exomuscular actuation through Bowden cables linked to DC motors housed remotely and is able to flex and extend the fingers and elbow and control pronation and supination of the wrist. Through a sensor array located throughout, a feedback system is able to collect quantitative data on joint angles, fingertip forces, and control all degrees of freedom utilizing this data and several on-board processors.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2014

Major

Interdisciplinary

Major

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Major

Robotics Engineering

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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