Towards Robot-Assisted Rehabilitation of Upper Limb Dysfunction
This paper proposes a robot design which combines an unobtrusive presence around the household with a patient rehabilitation tool. The robot is envisaged to spend most of its time in standby mode, springing into action at pre-set times in order to engage the patient into taking a rehabilitation program. The rehabilitation tool guides the patient through a set series of prescribed repetitive physical exercises, provides feedback and keeps track of the patient’s progress, and finally summarises the feedback to a clinician who can supervise exercise uptake and effectiveness. We have achieved proof of this concept on two separate fronts which have been tested separately: an obstacle-avoidance robot which finds (and composes photographs of) people, and a stand-alone piece of software which displays and assesses physiotherapy exercises.
KeywordsMobile and autonomous robotics Ambient assisted living Modelling and simulation Non-contact sensors Kinect
We are grateful to Prof Glyn Humphrey’s insights on apraxia-related gestures and to Dr Mihaela Duta for system feedback and data collection.
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