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A Novel BCI-Controlled Pneumatic Glove System for Home- Based Neurorehabilitation

Authors: 

Aodhán L. Coffey, Darren J. Leamy, Tomas Ward

Publication Type: 
Refereed Conference Meeting Proceeding
Abstract: 
Commercially available devices for Brain- Computer Interface (BCI)-controlled robotic stroke rehabilitation are prohibitively expensive for many researchers who are interested in the topic and physicians who would utilize such a device. Additionally, they are cumbersome and require a technician to operate, increasing the inaccessibility of such devices for home-based robotic stroke rehabilitation therapy. Presented here is the design, implementation and test of an inexpensive, portable and adaptable BCI-controlled hand therapy device. The system utilizes a soft, flexible, pneumatic glove which can be used to deflect the subject’s wrist and fingers. Operation is provided by a custom-designed pneumatic circuit. Air flow is controlled by an embedded system, which receives serial port instruction from a PC running real-time BCI software. System tests demonstrate that glove control can be successfully driven by a real-time BCI. A system such as the one described here may be used to explore closed loop neurofeedback rehabilitation in stroke relatively inexpensively and potentially in home environments.
Conference Name: 
Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE
Proceedings: 
Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): 
10.1109/EMBC.2014.6944407
Publication Date: 
26/08/2014
Conference Location: 
United States of America
Research Group: 
Institution: 
NUIM
Open access repository: 
No