Hand Exercising Exoskeleton: An Aging Assistive Device for Rehabilitation

Hand Exercising Exoskeleton: An Aging Assistive Device for Rehabilitation

Soumya Kanti Manna (College of Engineering & Management, India), Prasanna Kumar Lenka (National Institute for the Orthopaedically Handicapped, India) and Subhasis Bhaumik (Indian Institute of Engineering Science & Technology, India)
Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 19
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9530-6.ch004
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Abstract

Aging is a common stage of human life where people often face different problems related to physical and mental weakness which in turn make them feeble to do their daily activity. Despite of all the challenges, most aged people prefer to do their daily routine at their own. Assistive technology is used to support those people to get back into their normal life and enhance the independent living. Exoskeleton or wearable robots are people-oriented robots designed to be worn. These robots are designed around the function and shape of the human body and the human will be able to control the robotic limbs. This control can assist in walking, running, jumping higher or even lifting objects one would not normally be able to lift. A hand exercise device called “Exorn” which is user friendly, simple to use and easy to control is being focused in this chapter.
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Background

Today it is very difficult to provide 24 hours human assistance to an aged person in a home. In developed countries like USA and UK, government is very much concerned about the health issues of the aged person. It is true that in the third world countries people have to struggle hard to fulfill their daily needs (Goffi, Terpenny, Vernon, Green, & Vorster, 2005). Investment for the development of assistive devices is a matter of aristocracy. Though government is now taking care of those people by providing rehabilitation services to the aged people, giving them a safe environment and livelihood after being neglected by their own relatives.

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