Towards a soft pneumatic glove for hand rehabilitation Conference Paper uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Education, Medical, Graduate
  • Professional Competence
  • Social Media
  • Students, Medical

abstract

  • This paper presents preliminary results for the design, development and evaluation of a hand rehabilitation glove fabricated using soft robotic technology. Soft actuators comprised of elastomeric materials with integrated channels that function as pneumatic networks (PneuNets), are designed and geometrically analyzed to produce bending motions that can safely conform with the human finger motion. Bending curvature and force response of these actuators are investigated using geometrical analysis and a finite element model (FEM) prior to fabrication. The fabrication procedure of the chosen actuator is described followed by a series of experiments that mechanically characterize the actuators. The experimental data is compared to results obtained from FEM simulations showing good agreement. Finally, an open-palm glove design and the integration of the actuators to it are described, followed by a qualitative evaluation study. © 2013 IEEE.

publication date

  • December 2013

Research

keywords

  • Conference Paper

Identity

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1109/IROS.2013.6696549

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 1512

end page

  • 1517