Exploring the usability of retrofit hardware to reduce compensatory movements in game controller-mediated telerehabilitation

Roni Barak Ventura, Oded Nov, Maurizio Porfiri

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Abstract

Stroke-induced disability interferes with survivors’ participation and engagement in activities of daily living. With increasing costs of healthcare and lack of trained medical personnel, frequent supervised physical therapy is not adequately available to the majority of patients. Consumer-grade gaming controllers are emerging as a viable means to facilitate physical therapy to patients’ homes conveniently and affordably. However, their non-universal design is not always favorable to people with disability, who often experience considerable difficulty with adapting their hand posture to fit commercial designs targeted at healthy people. In attempts to complete their prescribed exercise tasks, these patients often employ compensatory strategies that may impede their recovery and increase their risk of injury. In order to improve the outcomes and safety of telerehabilitation without compromising its affordability, the possibility of mitigating motor compensation with consumer-grade gaming controllers through 3D-printed retrofit extensions is explored. A retrofit handle is designed for the Novint Falcon, a haptic device that mediates fine motor rehabilitation to allow for physiological grasp and promote wrist motion. Its impact on motor performance and compensation patterns is tested, providing preliminary evidence for the potential of this approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvanced Driver Assistance and Autonomous Technologies; Advances in Control Design Methods; Advances in Robotics; Automotive Systems; Design, Modeling, Analysis, and Control of Assistive and Rehabilitation Devices; Diagnostics and Detection; Dynamics and Control of Human-Robot Systems; Energy Optimization for Intelligent Vehicle Systems; Estimation and Identification; Manufacturing
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791859148
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
EventASME 2019 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2019 - Park City, United States
Duration: Oct 8 2019Oct 11 2019

Publication series

NameASME 2019 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2019
Volume1

Conference

ConferenceASME 2019 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2019
CountryUnited States
CityPark City
Period10/8/1910/11/19

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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