JRM Vol.33 No.4 pp. 877-886
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2021.p0877


Development of a Tele-Rehabilitation System Using an Upper Limb Assistive Device

Eiichiro Tanaka*, Wei-Liang Lian**, Yun-Ting Liao**, Hao Yang**, Li-Ning Li**, Hee-Hyol Lee*, and Megumi Shimodozono***

*Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University
2-7 Hibikino, Wakamatsu-ku, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka 808-0135, Japan

**Graduate School of Information, Production and Systems, Waseda University
2-7 Hibikino, Wakamatsu-ku, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka 808-0135, Japan

***Department of Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Kagoshima University
8-35-1 Sakuragaoka, Kagoshima, Kagoshima 890-8544, Japan

February 4, 2021
June 20, 2021
August 20, 2021
tele-rehabilitation, upper-limb assistance, data transmission, Kinect sensor, motion feedback

A tele-rehabilitation system that can achieve remote interaction between a physical therapist (PT) and a patient was developed. Patients need to execute rehabilitation exercises to maintain upper limb function. However, it is difficult for them to travel to hospitals without aid. This system is equipped with a PC and a Kinect sensor at the hospital side (i.e., the PT), and a PC and an upper limb assistive device in the patient’s home. The PT displays the motion in front of a Kinect sensor, which identifies the motion. In addition, the device on the home side assists the motion of the patient using the Internet. When the device receives a force higher than the safety value from the patient at any particular point on it, vibrators at the corresponding point on the PT’s arm start to vibrate. Thereby, the PT can identify the patient’s condition and limitations. The time delays in the transmission of data of device motion and the vibrators were measured and compared. As a result, the PT could identify the patient’s condition faster than the motion of the device.

Tele-rehabilitation system using device

Tele-rehabilitation system using device

Cite this article as:
E. Tanaka, W. Lian, Y. Liao, H. Yang, L. Li, H. Lee, and M. Shimodozono, “Development of a Tele-Rehabilitation System Using an Upper Limb Assistive Device,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.33 No.4, pp. 877-886, 2021.
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