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Design and Development of Low Cost Hand Exoskeleton for Rehabilitation

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The proposed project is a low cost hand exoskeleton that is design and developed for rehabilitation while the safety rules and regulation kept in mind. The aim of the project is to rehabilitate the stroke patients who is suffers from stroke on the one side of the body. This system to rehabilitate the patient to gain mobility in the fingers where a sound hand is used to control the unsound hand. The sound hand is consists of flex sensors attached to the leather glove on MCP, PIP and IP joints while the unsound hand consists of servo motors. The microcontroller used is Arduino Nano and the software used is Arduino interfaced with MATLAB for the GUI. The communication is wireless with the help of Bluetooth. The testing results were taken to be 92.75% efficient.

Keywords

  • Exoskeleton
  • Control hand
  • Stroke hand
  • Rehabilitation
  • Flex sensor
  • DoF
  • Microcontroller and servo motors

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A special thanks to Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation for funding the project. Similarly, thanks to APCORE (Asia Pacific University Center of Robotic Engineering) members for their valuable contribution to the development of the system. Finally, thanks to each and every one who contributed either directly or indirectly to the project.

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Durairajah, V., Gobee, S., Rauf, W., Ngie, K.S., Lim, J.H.A. (2018). Design and Development of Low Cost Hand Exoskeleton for Rehabilitation. In: Ibrahim, F., Usman, J., Ahmad, M., Hamzah, N., Teh, S. (eds) 2nd International Conference for Innovation in Biomedical Engineering and Life Sciences. ICIBEL 2017. IFMBE Proceedings, vol 67. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-7554-4_18

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