Towards an affordable assistive device for personal autonomy recovery in tasks required of manual dexterity

dc.affiliation.dptoUC3M. Departamento de Ingeniería de Sistemas y Automáticaes
dc.affiliation.grupoinvUC3M. Grupo de Investigación: Laboratorio de Robótica (Robotics Lab)es
dc.contributor.authorOña Simbaña, Edwin Daniel
dc.contributor.authorBarroso De Maria, Gabriel
dc.contributor.authorBalaguer Bernaldo de Quirós, Carlos
dc.contributor.authorJardón Huete, Alberto
dc.contributor.funderComunidad de Madrides
dc.description.abstractThis paper reviews the results of a challenging engineering project that arose with the goal of implementing an electromechanical, automatic, portable, and inexpensive device. The device should be able to assist people who lack of dexterity in their hands to use small tools and everyday utensils, such as scissors or tweezers. In this paper, the hardware development and software functionality are described. The original specifications were developed to implement an affordable functional prototype able to serve as a low-cost assistive technology. Several commonly used electronic devices were integrated to create an innovative application. A simple mechanical system based on gears and a worm screw is used to convert the stepper motor rotation to a linear movement on the device tip. A tool-oriented control to increase the device usability was designed through two simultaneous communication channels: touch-screen and smartphone app. Pilot trials were conducted at healthcare facilities to evaluate the technical feasibility, the obtained functionality, as well as the device acceptance by target users. Based on user experience design, the app functionality was enhanced and subsequently tested. Finally, a review and reformulation of the specifications of the original design were accomplished. These changes helped to achieve a system with a lower manufacturing cost and better acceptance, while considering the user in the development cycle.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was supported in part by the RoboCity2030-III-CM Project (Robotica aplicada a la mejora de la calidad de vida de los ciudadanos. Fase III; S2013/MIT-2748), in part by the Programas de Actividades I+D en la Comunidad de Madrid, in part by the Structural Funds of the EU, and in part by the private Fundacion Universia.en
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationOna Simbana, E. D., Barroso De Maria, G., Balaguer, C. & Jardon Huete, A. (2018). Towards an Affordable Assistive Device for Personal Autonomy Recovery in Tasks Required of Manual Dexterity. IEEE Access, 6, 26338–26349.en
dc.identifier.publicationtitleIEEE Accessen
dc.relation.projectIDComunidad de Madrid. S2013/MIT-2748es
dc.rights© The authors, 2018. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.en
dc.rightsAtribución 3.0 España*
dc.rights.accessRightsopen accessen
dc.subject.ecienciaRobótica e Informática Industriales
dc.subject.otherAssistive technologyen
dc.subject.otherElectromechanical devicesen
dc.subject.otherManual dexterityen
dc.subject.otherRehabilitation roboticsen
dc.subject.otherResearch and developmenten
dc.subject.otherUser interfacesen
dc.titleTowards an affordable assistive device for personal autonomy recovery in tasks required of manual dexterityen
dc.typeresearch article*
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