Development of an IoT-Based Prosthetic Control System
Osamu Fukuda*, Yuta Takahashi**, Nan Bu***, Hiroshi Okumura*, and Kohei Arai*
1 Honjo-machi, Saga, Saga 840-8502, Japan
**Nara Institute of Science and Technology
8916-5 Takayama-cho, Ikoma, Nara 630-0192, Japan
***National Institute of Technology, Kumamoto College
2659-2 Suya, Koshi, Kumamoto 861-1102, Japan
This paper attempts to develop a novel prosthetic control system based on an Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm. The proposed method is able to employ not only information from muscle activities of the user and status of a prosthetic hand but also a wide range of data obtained from objects and items in the environment. The sensor data can be static features, dynamic statuses, and even contextual information of the operation. Fusion of these sensor data composes a rich information foundation to support multi-DoF and dexterous prosthetic hands. It is expected that much more reliable reasoning and more autonomous control decision can be developed using an IoT-based control system. The proposed method is verified with a case study using objects with simple sensor units and a Myo armband for electromyographic (EMG) signals.
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