Abstract

Complete, high spinal cord injuries can lead to a condition known as tetraplegia wherein l body is paralyzed from the neck down. Individuals with tetraplegia are greatly limited in their independence and quality of life. Due to the paralysis, these individuals are bound to a wheelchair and require a high level of assistance throughout their everyday. To enable these individuals to regain some of their lost mobility, exoskeletons holds a great potential. Therefore, this work explores the requirements and design choices that went into creating the EXOTIC exoskeleton, an upper-limb exoskeleton designed for individuals with tetraplegia, which enables the user to drink and eat, while maintaining a relatively small form factor. Finally, the available workspace is simulated and visualized, and a pilot test of the basic functionality shows that picking up an item and transferring it to the mouth takes 41 seconds on average.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE 3rd International Conference on Mechatronics, Robotics and Automation
Number of pages5
PublisherIEEE
Publication date2021
Pages79-83
Article number9398351
ISBN (Print)978-1-7281-9033-4
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-9032-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event2020 IEEE 3rd International Conference on Mechatronics, Robotics
and Automation
- Shanghai, China
Duration: 16 Oct 202017 Oct 2020
Conference number: 3rd

Conference

Conference2020 IEEE 3rd International Conference on Mechatronics, Robotics
and Automation
Number3rd
Country/TerritoryChina
CityShanghai
Period16/10/202017/10/2020

Keywords

  • tetraplegia
  • upper-limb exoskeleton
  • user driven design

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