Robot-assisted Rehabilitation

Stroke is a common incident causing loss of limb function. Rehabilitation of upper limb function is currently labor intensive and due to limited resources rehabilitation outcomes are not optimal. On the other hand, robot arm technology is rapidly developing, so called collaborative robots can work safely in same space with humans. In the laboratory KUKA lbr iiwa 14 collaborative robot is mounted on the wall. 

Iiwa is used to develop wide range of applications for rehabilitation of upper limb function.  The robot arm can perform repetitive tasks independently, thus reducing need for human work to perform sufficient amount of rehabilitation exercises.

In addition, HTC Vive virtual reality device can be used to create rehabilitation games and virtual environments where activities of daily living can be trained at the late stage of rehabilitation.

Kuka lbr iiwa mounted on the wall in open laboratory space. Prototype of a splint at the flange of Iiwa.