A Modular Hybrid Exoskeletal-Soft Glove for High Degree of Freedom Monitoring Capability

R. E. Trott, T. J. Kleinig, S. L. Hillier, D. A. Hobbs, K. J. Reynolds

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Abstract

In this paper, we present a hybrid exoskeletal-soft glove for the application of on-axis angle sensors that can be placed close to the center of rotation of the digit joints. 3D printed exoskeletal digit segments that run medially on most digits connect to low friction bearings. Exoskeletal segments and bearings provide rigid fixation points for a variety of traditional angle sensors, while a combination of textile and rigid structure fixate exoskeletal digits to the digits and hand. Exoskeletal digits are designed modularly so that only required digits are used and to reduce difficulty in donning and doffing. On-axis measurement may prove useful in control or assessment tasks in rehabilitation. The articulation of the digits while wearing the glove is demonstrated, albeit without sensors, showing little restriction at an early stage of the design process. Exoskeletal metacarpophalangeal joints of the 3rd and 4th digits require more work as the flexion/extension joint axis is inaccessible and moves when he digits are articulated. The proposed device must be customized for an individual and will facilitate an alternative approach to existing hand posture monitoring techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Pages577-582
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019
Event2019 IEEE 16th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR) - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 24 Jun 201928 Jun 2019
Conference number: 16th

Conference

Conference2019 IEEE 16th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR)
CountryCanada
CityToronto
Period24/06/1928/06/19

Keywords

  • Exoskeletal segments
  • Rehabilitation robotics
  • Stroke
  • on-axis angle sensors
  • metmetacarpophalangeal joints

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