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Picking Cubes: A Rehabilitation Tool for Improving the Rehabilitation of Gross Manual Dexterity

  • Miguel A. Teruel
  • Ana de los Reyes-Guzmán
  • Juan Villanueva
  • Vicente Lozano-Berrio
  • María Alvarez-Rodríguez
  • Silvia Ceruelo-Abajo
  • Elena Navarro
  • Pascual Gonzalez
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 806)

Abstract

After Spinal Cord Injury the loss of motor function, and mainly of the upper limb, is a sharp limitation that difficult people in performing many Activities of Daily Living essential for their autonomy. The Box and Block Test is one the most relevant clinical scale for the rehabilitation of the gross manual dexterity. However, the human-supervision of rehabilitation can introduce errors. For this aim, in this paper we present a tool that simulates this test by using a virtual environment, where patients can grasp a cube with their dominant hand, transport the block and release it into the opposite compartment. For controlling the hand and fingers we use leap motion, a low-cost 3D tracking device that tracks users’ palm and fingers. Moreover, in order to increase patients´ motivation, we have included additional feedback so that they become aware of their competence while carrying out their rehabilitation exercises.

Keywords

Upper limb rehabilitation Box and Block Test Virtual reality Leap motion Motivation 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This work was partially supported by Spanish Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad, Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI)/European Regional Development Fund (FEDER, UE) under Vi-SMARt (TIN2016-79100-R) and RehabHand (DPI2016-77167-R) grants.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LoUISE Research Group, Computing SystemsUniv. of Castilla-La ManchaAlbaceteSpain
  2. 2.Biomechanics and Technical Aids UnitNational Hospital for ParaplegicsToledoSpain
  3. 3.Rehabilitation DepartmentNational Hospital for ParaplegicsToledoSpain

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