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Prototype Construction of the Wearable Soft Orthotic Exoskeleton for Upper Limb Rehabilitation of Post-Stroke Patients

Omid Kalantari 1 and Ali. Selk. Ghaffari 2
1. Sharif University of Technology, International Campus
2. Sharif University of Technology

Abstract—Exoskeleton is a wearable active device used to augment human power in upper or lower extremities. One of the most important application of these devices is to help the disable people to compensate the lack of functionality or rehabilitate. The main scope of this research is to design a prototype of a light, wearable robotic exoskeleton to rehabilitate the upper extremity in stroke patients at home. For this purpose mechanism of a wearable exoskeleton will be proposed compatible with upper extremity DOFs with minimum number of actuators which is constructed inexpensively. This idea proposes to provide an efficient, lightweight, and cost-effective device which was available for the patients at home to eliminate the demand of expensive and professional therapists. The conceptual design of such a system should be offered studying the actuation mechanism and degrees of freedom of the upper extremity for compatibility and safety issues of the proposed system. The novelty of this paper goes to the elbow actuator and minimize the number of actuators.

Index Terms—cable-driven exoskeleton, low-cost Physiotherapy, soft orthotics device, Upper limb rehabilitation

Cite: Omid Kalantari and Ali. Selk. Ghaffari, "Prototype Construction of the Wearable Soft Orthotic Exoskeleton for Upper Limb Rehabilitation of Post-Stroke Patients," Journal of Life Sciences and Technologies, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 66-69, December 2016. doi: 10.18178/jolst.4.2.66-69
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