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Smart Portable Rehabilitation Devices

[+] Author Affiliations
C. Mavroidis, J. Nikitczuk, B. Weinberg, R. Arango, G. Danaher, K. Jensen, M. Leahey, R. Pavone, P. Pelletier, A. Provo, J. Prugnarola, R. Stuart, D. Yasevac

Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Paper No. DETC2005-85517, pp. 501-510; 10 pages
doi:10.1115/DETC2005-85517
From:
  • ASME 2005 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 7: 29th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Parts A and B
  • Long Beach, California, USA, September 24–28, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4744-6 | eISBN: 0-7918-3766-1
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME

abstract

In this paper we present several new advancements in the area of smart rehabilitation devices that have been developed by the Northeastern University Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratory. They are all compact, wearable and portable devices and boast re-programmable, real time computer controlled functions as the central theme behind their operation. The sensory information and computer control of the three described devices make for highly efficient and versatile systems that represent a whole new breed in wearable rehabilitation devices. Their applications range from active-assistive rehabilitation to resistance exercise and even have applications in gait training. The three devices described are: a transportable continuous passive motion elbow device, a wearable electro-rheological fluid based knee resistance device, and a wearable electrical stimulation and biofeedback knee device.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME

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