Combining Soft Robotics and Brain-Machine Interfaces for Stroke Rehabilitation

Patricia A Vargas, Fabricio Lima Brasil, Alistair Campbell McConnell, Marta Vallejo, David W. Corne, Adam A. Stokes, Renan C. Moioli

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Stroke is a devastating condition with profound implications for health economics and resources worldwide. Recent works showed that the use of brain-machine interfaces (BMI) could help movement improvements in severely affected chronic stroke patients. This work shows the feasibility and use of a Soft Orthotic Physiotherapy Hand Interactive Aid (SOPHIA) system, able to provide more intense rehabilitation sessions and facilitate the supervision of multiple patients by a single Physiotherapist. The SOPHIA device is controlled by a BMI system and has a lightweight design and low cost. Tests with researchers showed that the system presents a reliable and stable control, besides being able to actively open the volunteers’ hands.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConverging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation II
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation (ICNR2016), October 18-21, 2016, Segovia, Spain
EditorsJaime Ibáñez, José González-Vargas, José María Azorín, Metin Akay, José Luis Pons
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783319466682
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameBiosystems & Biorobotics
ISSN (Print)2195-3562
ISSN (Electronic)2195-3570


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