Tactile feedback in upper limb prosthetic devices using flexible textile force sensors

Luke Osborn, Wang Wei Lee, Rahul Kaliki, Nitish Thakor

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Abstract

Many upper limb amputees are faced with the difficult challenge of using a prosthesis that lacks tactile sensing. State of the art research caliber prosthetic hands are often equipped with sophisticated sensors that provide valuable information regarding the prosthesis and its surrounding environment. Unfortunately, most commercial prosthetic hands do not contain any tactile sensing capabilities. In this paper, a textile based tactile sensor system was designed, built, and evaluated for use with upper limb prosthetic devices. Despite its simplicity, we demonstrate the ability of the sensors to determine object contact and perturbations due to slip during a grasping task with a prosthetic hand. This suggests the use of low-cost, customizable, textile sensors as part of a closedloop tactile feedback system for monitoring grasping forces specifically in an upper limb prosthetic device.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication"2014 5th IEEE RAS and EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, BioRob 2014
EditorsRaffaella Carloni, Lorenzo Masia, Jose Maria Sabater-Navarro, Marko Ackermann, Sunil Agrawal, Arash Ajoudani, Panagiotis Artemiadis, Matteo Bianchi, Antonio Padilha Lanari Bo, Maura Casadio, Kevin Cleary, Ashish Deshpande, Domenico Formica, Matteo Fumagalli, Nicolas Garcia-Aracil, Sasha Blue Godfrey, Islam S.M. Khalil, Olivier Lambercy, Rui C. V. Loureiro, Leonardo Mattos, Victor Munoz, Hyung-Soon Park, Luis Eduardo Rodriguez Cheu, Roque Saltaren, Adriano A. G. Siqueira, Valentina Squeri, Arno H.A. Stienen, Nikolaos Tsagarakis, Herman Van der Kooij, Bram Vanderborght, Nicola Vitiello, Jose Zariffa, Loredana Zollo
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages114-119
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781479931262
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 30 2014
Event5th IEEE RAS and EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, BioRob 2014 - Sao Paulo, Brazil
Duration: Aug 12 2014Aug 15 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE RAS and EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics
ISSN (Print)2155-1774

Other

Other5th IEEE RAS and EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, BioRob 2014
Country/TerritoryBrazil
CitySao Paulo
Period8/12/148/15/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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