Robotic stretcher for spinal muscular atrophy patient: Preliminary tests of user controllability

Taisuke Sakaki, Kanta Aoki, Kuniharu Ushijima, Mihoko Sakuragi

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Abstract

Diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) often cause motor disabilities through the progressive loss of muscle power. However, some patients must lie horizontally and thus cannot operate a wheelchair. The aim of this study was to develop a robotic stretcher for an SMA patient with severe motor disabilities to enable her to maneuver independently inside a building. The concept underlying the stretcher is that the user should be able to drive the stretcher using an applicable operating device while watching a display feed from cameras mounted on the stretcher. We have developed new devices with an operating algorithm, mechanical frame and control system suitable to the user's limited abilities (motion in only one finger), and verified their functions through tests of a prototype machine operated by the target user.

Original languageEnglish
Pages156-160
Number of pages5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event2013 10th International Conference on Ubiquitous Robots and Ambient Intelligence, URAI 2013 - Jeju, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 30 Oct 20132 Nov 2013

Conference

Conference2013 10th International Conference on Ubiquitous Robots and Ambient Intelligence, URAI 2013
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of
CityJeju
Period30/10/132/11/13

Keywords

  • Medical Robotics
  • Service Robotics
  • Welfare Robotics

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