Development of a tetrahedral-shaped soft robot arm as a wrist rehabilitation device using extension type flexible pneumatic actuators

Wei Hang Tian, Cian Cheng Jhan, Misaki Inokuma, Tetsuya Akagi, Shujiro Dohta, So Shimooka

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Abstract

Based on aging Japanese society, there has been a strong desire for development of rehabilitation devices that patients can use at home. The purpose of this study is to develop a home-based compact, lightweight, flexible, and safe rehabilitation device. In this study, a flexible robot arm for wrist rehabilitation that can be used, while patients hold the top of the robot arm, is proposed and tested. The proposed robot arm consists of three extension type flexible pneumatic actuators (EFPAs) restrained by 22 PET sheets. To achieve suitable bending stiffness of the robot arm, three EFPAs are restrained so as to form a tetrahedral shape. The robot arm can bend toward each radial direction. In this paper, the construction and operational principles of the tested robot arm are described. Additionally, the analytical model of the robot arm for attitude control is also described. In addition, the tracking control using the robot arm for the desired orbit is performed. As a result, the tested robot arm can trace the desired orbit based on the model. It is confirmed that the robot arm has the possibility for application as a wrist rehabilitation device for patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)931-938
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Robotics and Mechatronics
Volume32
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Attitude control system using embedded controller
  • Extension type flexible pneumatic actuator
  • Home-based rehabilitation device
  • Tetrahedral-shaped soft robot arm
  • Wrist rehabilitation device

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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