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Control of an Arm-Hand Prosthesis by Mental Commands and Blinking

  • José Varela-AldásEmail author
  • David Castillo-Salazar
  • Carlos Borja-Galeas
  • Cesar Guevara
  • Hugo Arias-Flores
  • Washington Fierro-Saltos
  • Richard Rivera
  • Jairo Hidalgo-Guijarro
  • Marco Yandún-Velasteguí
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1026)

Abstract

Patients who lack upper and lower extremities have difficulties in carrying out their daily activities. The new technological advances have allowed the development of robotic applications to support people with disabilities, also, portable electroencephalographic (EEG) sensors are increasingly accessible and allow the development of new proposals which involve the mental control of electronic systems. This work presents the control by mental orders of an arm-hand prosthesis using low-cost devices, the objective is to command the arm using the user’s attention and blinking, where the components are a brain signal sensor, a prosthesis, an Arduino board, six servomotors, and a computer. The developed program in Matlab allows controlling the arm by means of an attention level y blinking. The results show the functioning of the system through experimental tests and a usability test is applied, finally, the conclusions establish adequate coordination in the movements of the prosthesis and the patient indicate satisfaction with the proposal.

Keywords

Prosthesis EEG Attention Blinking Servomotor 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • José Varela-Aldás
    • 1
    Email author
  • David Castillo-Salazar
    • 1
    • 8
  • Carlos Borja-Galeas
    • 2
    • 7
  • Cesar Guevara
    • 3
  • Hugo Arias-Flores
    • 3
  • Washington Fierro-Saltos
    • 4
    • 8
  • Richard Rivera
    • 5
  • Jairo Hidalgo-Guijarro
    • 6
  • Marco Yandún-Velasteguí
    • 6
  1. 1.SISAu Research GroupUniversidad IndoaméricaAmbatoEcuador
  2. 2.Facultad de Arquitectura, Artes y DiseñoUniversidad IndoaméricaAmbatoEcuador
  3. 3.Mechatronics and Interactive Systems - MIST Research CenterUniversidad IndoaméricaAmbatoEcuador
  4. 4.Facultad de Ciencias de la EducaciónUniversidad Estatal de BolívarGuarandaEcuador
  5. 5.Escuela de Formación de TecnólogosEscuela Politécnica NacionalQuitoEcuador
  6. 6.Grupo de Investigación GISATUniversidad Politécnica Estatal del CarchiTulcanEcuador
  7. 7.Facultad de Diseño y ComunicaciónUniversidad de PalermoBuenos AiresArgentina
  8. 8.Facultad de InformáticaUniversidad Nacional de la PlataBuenos AiresArgentina

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