RBE MS Thesis Proposal
Evaluation and Mechanical Revision of a Hand Exoskeleton with Implementation of Intuitive User Input
Abstract: Individuals with Upper Motor Neuron Syndrome (UMNS), such as stroke and traumatic brain injury survivers, may exhibit hypertonia and spasticity. These conditions cause them to have a difficult time using existing hand exoskeletons which are primarily designed for flexion assistance. This thesis work includes testing a hand exoskeleton which was designed for extension with an impaired individual and mechanically revising the device to better assist impaired individuals in a real-world setting. Multiple gripping patterns will be accomplished by re-allocating the motors and adding an actuated thumb. Electromyography (EMG) methods for control will be evaluated for viability with the specified user group by completing a study. Voice control will be implemented as an intuitive user control method. The completed hand exoskeleton system will be designed and tested for usability during ADL applications.
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Gregory Fischer
Thesis Committee: Prof. Ted Clancy, Prof. Jane Li