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Inventions 2017, 2(3), 12; https://doi.org/10.3390/inventions2030012

A Finger Exoskeleton Robot for Finger Movement Rehabilitation

Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Central University, Taoyuan 32001, Taiwan
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Received: 23 April 2017 / Revised: 24 June 2017 / Accepted: 28 June 2017 / Published: 1 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Mechanism Design for Robots)
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In this study, a finger exoskeleton robot has been designed and presented. The prototype device was designed to be worn on the dorsal side of the hand to assist in the movement and rehabilitation of the fingers. The finger exoskeleton is 3D-printed to be low-cost and has a transmission mechanism consisting of rigid serial links which is actuated by a stepper motor. The actuation of the robotic finger is by a sliding motion and mimics the movement of the human finger. To make it possible for the patient to use the rehabilitation device anywhere and anytime, an Arduino™ control board and a speech recognition board were used to allow voice control. As the robotic finger follows the patients voice commands the actual motion is analyzed by Tracker image analysis software. The finger exoskeleton is designed to flex and extend the fingers, and has a rotation range of motion (ROM) of 44.2°. View Full-Text
Keywords: finger exoskeleton robot; rehabilitation; 3D printing finger exoskeleton robot; rehabilitation; 3D printing
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Hsu, T.-H.; Chiang, Y.-C.; Chan, W.-T.; Chen, S.-J. A Finger Exoskeleton Robot for Finger Movement Rehabilitation. Inventions 2017, 2, 12.

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