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A Preliminary Study of New Interaction Devices to Enhance Virtual Socket Design

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Giorgio Colombo

Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy

Caterina Rizzi, Giancarlo Facoetti, Andrea Vitali

Università degli studi di Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy

Paper No. DETC2014-35055, pp. V01BT02A036; 8 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1B: 34th Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Buffalo, New York, USA, August 17–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4629-2
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


This paper presents a research work on the augmented interaction applied to an innovative platform to design lower limb prosthesis, in particular the prosthetic socket. The underlining idea is to experiment low-cost hand-tracking devices, to manipulate the 3D virtual model of the socket using hands as traditional done by the prosthetist. The goal is to make available a modeling tool, named Socket Modeling Assistant-SMA that permits to replicate/emulate manual operations usually performed by the prosthetist during the traditional development process. Two devices have been considered and compared: the Leap Motion device and the Intel Gestures Camera. To this end a set of gestures has been identified to make more natural the interaction with SMA. Preliminary tests and results reached so are described and discussed.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME
Topics: Design



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