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

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Show simple item record Oña Simbaña, Edwin Daniel Barroso De Maria, Gabriel Balaguer Bernaldo de Quirós, Carlos Jardón Huete, Alberto 2022-02-03T09:54:44Z 2022-02-03T09:54:44Z 2018-05-14
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitation Ona 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.
dc.identifier.issn 2169-3536
dc.description.abstract This 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.
dc.description.sponsorship This 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.
dc.format.extent 12
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher IEEE
dc.rights © The authors, 2018. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
dc.rights Atribución 3.0 España
dc.subject.other Assistive technology
dc.subject.other Electromechanical devices
dc.subject.other Grasping
dc.subject.other Manual dexterity
dc.subject.other Rehabilitation robotics
dc.subject.other Research and development
dc.subject.other User interfaces
dc.title Towards an affordable assistive device for personal autonomy recovery in tasks required of manual dexterity
dc.type article
dc.subject.eciencia Robótica e Informática Industrial
dc.rights.accessRights openAccess
dc.relation.projectID Comunidad de Madrid. S2013/MIT-2748
dc.type.version publishedVersion
dc.identifier.publicationfirstpage 26338
dc.identifier.publicationlastpage 26349
dc.identifier.publicationtitle IEEE Access
dc.identifier.publicationvolume 6
dc.identifier.uxxi AR/0000021629
dc.contributor.funder Comunidad de Madrid
dc.affiliation.dpto UC3M. Departamento de Ingeniería de Sistemas y Automática
dc.affiliation.grupoinv UC3M. Grupo de Investigación: Laboratorio de Robótica (Robotics Lab)
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