Project 2

Robotic Simulation of Advanced Hand Orthoses

People:
Dick H. Plettenburg2, PhD
Arno H.A. Stienen1, PhD
Niek Beckers1, MSc.
Teun Strortelder1, PDEng
Ronald Bos2, MSc.

Institutions:
1. University of Twente
2. Delft University of Technology

Brief Summary:
Human hands play essential roles in the interaction between a person and the environment. Motor impairments that lead to hand disabilities impede such important functionalities and are commonly caused by stroke and muscular weaknesses. This has a negative effect on a person’s independence and social interaction. Individuals that suffer from such complications may benefit from using a hand orthosis: a device that aims to recover or enhance hand functionality. Within this project, hand orthoses will be developed and targeted at the rehabilitation of post-stroke impairments. In order to provide such technology, novel components, mechanisms and design strategies need to be developed that provide for a transparent man-machine interaction and intuitive control of the device.