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Design and Implementation of an Exoskeleton Glove for Infant Medical Rehabilitation

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Eric Refour, Bijo Sebastian, Pinhas Ben-Tzvi

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Paper No. DETC2018-85638, pp. V05AT07A062; 6 pages
  • ASME 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 5A: 42nd Mechanisms and Robotics Conference
  • Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, August 26–29, 2018
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5180-7
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME


This paper describes the design and implementation of an exoskeleton glove for infants of ages ranging from 12 months to 3 years. The glove is capable of assisting the patient in achieving a pincer grasp in active and passive modes of operation. It can record information about the hand movement, forces exerted by the fingers on the exoskeleton frame, and provide vibration stimuli to the finger tips. The data recorded by the glove can be used in early diagnosis of cerebral palsy among high risk infants. It can also be used as a standalone device for rehabilitation purposes. The hardware, software architecture and experimental validation of the system are outlined in this paper.

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